We witness a period of increased species extinctions and biodiversity loss, not least as a consequence of human activities. Human-induced environmental changes increasingly challenge the adaptive potential of species and have already led to massive biodiversity loss, disturbed ecosystem functioning and concomitant compromised ecosystem services. Yet, humans strongly depend on many ecosystems and their services.
It is the group’s mission to improve our understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine persistence of and changes in populations, species and ecosystems. This knowledge is paramount for predicting the consequences of human impact on nature.