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Inspirational topics for student projects

We supervise students within a broad range of themes under the scientific field of macroecology. In short, macroecology seeks to discover, describe and explain temporal and spatial patterns of biological variation globally. At Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, we work with particular emphasis on mountain regions, diversity hot spots and the role of climate in relation to the distribution of species in a global context - in the sea and on land.

Depending on your field of interest, you can approach macroecology in various ways. Below we have listed some themes and topics within the research area of CMEC. If you want more inspiration, then take a look at the faculty list, for descriptions of our researcher's work and projects:

Got your own idea? We are keen to hear your ideas for further discussion. Please contact one of our researchers.

Conservation biology in Denmark

Do you want to work with nature management, biodiversity and monitoring in Denmark? Then a project in the field of conservation is the right choice. We offer a unique possibility for doing field work within some of the most pristine natural areas in Denmark, owned by Aage V. Jensen Naturfond. Read more:


Conservation biology, citizen science, ornithology, mycology, forest ecology, nature management, protection, biodiversity, monitoring, fieldwork


Associate Professor Anders Tøttrup 

Associate Professor Jacob Heilmann-Clausen

International Nature Conservation

Are you interested in UN's Biodiversity Convention? The work of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Problems related to wildlife trade? Conservation of biodiversity in a changing climate? Challenges with poaching in African national parks? Then a project in international nature conservation might be the right choice for you.

General topics

Wildlife trade, CITES, Sustainable use of species, Invasive alien species, China-Africa conservation connections, Conservation in Africa, Protected areas, UN's Convention of Biological Diversity, REDD+, protected area development, community-based conservation and monitoring in Tanzania.

More detailed topics

The following projects would be in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC with a period of time spent in Cambridge.

Human development and biodiversity conservation
There is an inherent tension between human development and the conservation of nature, especially in the developing countries. Major sources of pressure on nature include; a) agricultural development, b) global trade networks, c) large-scale infrastructure development, d) international wildlife trade.

Projects can be designed to complement ongoing work in Kenya and Tanzania related to China / Africa development projects and the impacts of community-based approaches to forest and wildlife conservation.

International policy and nature conservation
Are you interested to work on a project that has direct relevance to the development of conservation policy? The work programme of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the negotiations for the post 2020 work programme of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) provide policy-relevant guidance for masters projects. Key subjects include; a) the sustainable use of wildlife, b) invasive alien species and their impacts on nature, c) the future protected area network to conserve global biodiversity, d) engaging business in biodiversity conservation, ad much more.


Professor Neil Burgess, Chief Scientist and the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, and Professor of Conservation Biology at CMEC or

Species Interactions

Species interactions, such as competition and facilitation, may influence species distributions and species coexistence. Therefore, understanding how species interactions are shaped and persist under changing environments is crucial for predicting the consequences of environmental perturbations on ecological communities.


Mutualistic interactions, socio-economic issues, species coexistence, ecological communities


Assistant Professor Bo Dalsgaard

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