Video presentations, interviews, lectures of research conducted by scientists at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate.

Portrait of Carsten Rahbek

Professor Carsten Rahbek talks about his research on the occasion of receiving Dansk Magisterforenings Annual Research Award in Science and Technology.

Read the interview with Professor Carsten Rahbek


Associate Professor David Noguéz-Bravo comments on the hot topic of rewilding. Read the article on rewilding

Read the paper: Rewilding is the new Pandora’s box in conservation

The downsizing of insular fungivore communities

PhD Student Julia Heine explains the findings in her recent paper published in Ecography August 2018. Read the article

Read the paper: Extinction‐driven changes in frugivore communities on oceanic islands

New species of Arachnid

PhD student Gustavo Silva de Miranda's interesting discovery of new species of Arachnid is presented as case #9 at 7:45 min. Read the article about the new spieces

Read the paper: Eight New Species of Charinus Simon, 1892 (Arachnida: Amblypygi: Charinidae) Endemic for the Brazilian Amazon, with Notes on Their Conservational Status

Routes of migratory birds

Professor Kasper Thorup explains how the migratory birds common cuckoo, red-backed shrike and thrush nightingale track seasonal peaks in resources. Read the article about migratory birds.

Read the paper: Resource tracking within and across continents in long-distance bird migrants

Map of genetic biodiversity

Postdoctoral researcher Andreia Miraldo explains Map of Genetic Diversity. The map shows lower genetic diversity in animals from regions with high human impact compared to animals in less impacted areas. Read the article on mapping genetic diversity.

Read the paper: An Anthropocene map of genetic diversity

The Danish Ant Hunt

Meet PhD Student at CMEC Julie Koch Sheard. She explains how she studies ants using Citizen Science.  Find out how she uses the data and why it is so important. Read the article

Climate research at the roof of the Zoologisk Museum

Come to the roof of the Danish Natural History Museum with PhD Peter Søgaard Jørgensen who has collected insects and knowledge for 18 years. See the video on P4Kbh's facebook page.

zoologisk museum set oppefra

TV Interviews

Bloom Festival: Virus from Wild nature

Professor Carsten Rahbek also talks about how man's impact on nature, climate change and biodiversity crisis are linked to the increasing number of diseases that jump from wild nature to man and to our livestock.

TV2 LORRY: Wood eating fungus creates new life in dead wood

Different kinds of fungi live under different conditions. Associate Professor Jacob Heilmann-Clausen explains the life in dead trees to Philip Hahn-Petersen from Naturen nu (Nature now).

TV2 Lorry Natur NU og professor heilmann-clausen på tur i dyrehaven

TV2: The wolf have arrived in Jutland and on Funen - will it also come to Sealand?

The first wolf, since the last Danish wolf was shot in 1813, has been documented on Funen. Professor Carsten Rahbek estimates it is highly unlikely it will spread to Zealand too.

ulv i naturen i danmark

P1 Natursyn: Danish plant communities and landscape development

PhD student at Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Tora Finderup Nielsen explains her study of plant communities and landscape development the past 150 years in Denmark to P1 Natursyn.

TV2: No reason to fear the wolf

The Nature Agency has recently published a photo of a wolf in a forest in the middle of Jutland, Denmark. Rasmus Gren Havmøller from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate explains more in depth.

ulv i den danske natur 

DK4: What is macroecology?

A quick guide to macroecology - Professor Carsten Rahbek explains.


The biodiversity crisis

Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The challenges of conserving the world’s species are perhaps even larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change. Dealing with the biodiversity crisis requires political will and needs to be based on a solid scientific knowledge if we are to ensure a safe future for the planet.

How do we transition an entire country’s energy system to renewables?

Katherine Richardson's lecture at the Molecular Frontiers Symposium at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The topic of the symposium was "Sustainable Energy".

What determines the distribution of life on Earth?

Talk by Professor Carsten Rahbek at 'Videnskabernes Selskab'.

Nature Talks - Biodiversitetssymposium

Three of Denmark's leading researchers come up with suggestions for the nature management of the future in Denmark in an engaging combination of Nature talk and debate. Professor Carsten Rahbek and assistant Professor Jonas Geldmann (CMEC, University of Copenhagen) and Postdoc Pil Birkefeldt Møller Pedersen (Aarhus University) will start out by giving their views on the most important new perspectives on Danish natural resource management rooted in their international research.

How Planetary Boundaries Envision A Safe Operating Space for Humanity

Katherine Richardson demonstrates that humanity needs to tread carefully in order to keep our planet safe for future life.

Galathea 3: Exploring our own planet's oceans

We humans are dependent on the ocean for our very survival as it moderates the climate and forms the land habitats where humans can thrive. How will global changes, including climate change and human exploitation, impact the ocean?

Katherine Richardson tell the tale of the Galathea 3 expedition in 2006-2007 that set out to answer some of these questions.


Naturmødet 2022: Theme of the year

Denmark's nature is under pressure. Species and their habitats disappear. We must solve this – and we can solve this – through collaboration, understanding and sensible decisions. " This is the view of professor of biodiversity and member of the Biodiversity Council, Carsten Rahbek. This year's theme "Bridge or barrier?" and in this way set the framework for the Nature Meeting 2022.

How wild do we want to be?

Debate about re-wilding between Professor Carsten Rahbek and Professor Jens-Christian Svenning. The debate took place at Naturmødet 2018 and was monitored by Anders Lund Madsen. The question is: How wild we want nature to be and how do we want to get there? 

TVfap: About Biodiversity

Fra en Anden Planet (from another planet) talks to Carsten Rahbek about biodiversity and the 6th period of mass extinction - today. 

Hearing on biodiversity

Hearing in The Danish Parliament’s Environment Committee (Folketingets Miljøudvalg) on Biodiversity. Professor Carsten Rahbek is one of the presenters in the expert panel.

Naturstyrelsen: Biodiversity in forests

CMEC postdoc Jacob Heilmann-Clausen explains the importance of dead wood for forest biodiversity. The video is part of series of information material produced by the Danish Nature Agency for a citizen meeting on biodiversity.

TVfap: About Biodiversity

Fra en Anden Planet (from another planet) talks to Professor Carsten Rahbek about biodiversity and the 6th period of mass extinction - today. 

Mediehuset København: COP21 - Klimadrama i Paris

Katherine Richardson explains the scientific background for the Climate Agreement in Paris. 

marine biologist kathrine richarson

SDG Christmas Calendar Goal 17

Anna Nordén, SDSN Northern Europe, interviews Professor Katherine Richardson, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate and Leader of Sustainability Science Centre, University of Copenhagen, about Sustainable Development Goal number 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

Heartland Future Talks 2018: Carsten Rahbek og Kathy Willis

In front of a live audience under Heartland 2018, one of the world's most cited researchers, the Danish Carsten Rahbek, together with biodiversity researcher Kathy Willis, met with a conversation about the challenges we face in the future, when we look at how we are changing the entire ecosystem of the planet.

Natinal park TV: Owls in Denmark

Associate Professor Kasper Thorup explains how the Great Horned Owl and the Little Owl is adapting to the Danish landscape in an interview for Nationalpark TV.

owl at national park thy

:in100y – starting now: Challenges for life on Earth

Professor Carsten Rahbek maps the fundamental challenges for life on earth right now. The interview relates to the project 'In 100 years - starting now'. Read more on :in100Y's website

professor carsten rahbek

Panel on Biodiversity for a Sustainable Future

Professor Carsten Rahbek participated in the Interspecies Assembly by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030 first launched in New York during the high-level week of the 76th United Nations General Assembly, where the artwork invited world leaders, delegates, and the people to reflect on how our actions affect the species and ecosystems that surround us. In turn it brought to light: how does declining biodiversity affect our every day?

Field Work


Cuckoos count cost of shortcut home, say scientists

Associate Professor Kasper Thorup show how scientists track cuckoos reported by BBC. 

Picture of a cuckoo bird

Cuckoo decline tracked by satellite

Lector Kasper Thorup and PhD student Mikkel Willemoes Kristensen join British Trust for Ornithology in fitting satellite trackers on cuckoos reported by BBC.

picture of a cuckoo bird

Research in Ghana

CMEC's MSc student Mathilde Lerche reports from the field. Together with project leader Kasper Thorup, postdoc Anders Tøttrup and PhD student Mikkel Willemoes Kristensen she investigates the use of winter habitat of European small birds. 

The project is in collaboration with Bird Life Denmark / Dansk Ornitologisk Forening and  Ghana Wildlife Society

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Danish Nature Areas

The movies show interesting nature areas in Sealand, Denmark. They are being presented by scientist from CMEC. All the videos are in Danish, produced as part of the project Vild Campus.

Read more about Project Wild Campus (only in Danish)


Biologist Jacob Heilmann-Clausen guides over dead wood and through wet bogs in Suserup forest.

Biologist Lars Iversen guides to the life in the trees in the forest areas of Dyrehaven.


Biologist Jonas Geldmann finds colourful waxcaps and teaches how to make a 'nature check' in the grassland of Odsherred Bjergene.

Associate Professor Hans Henrik Bruun guides to the natural grasslands with it's many characteristic plants and lots of cows at Vesterlyng.


Postdoc Mikkel Willemoes guides to the natural meadow area Tryggevælde Ådal.

PhD student Tora Finderup Nielsen guides to the natural meadow area around Gentofte lake.