The Biogeography & Macroecology (BIOMAC) lab brings together scientists who want to improve our understanding of the distribution of life on Earth by integrating knowledge of the ecology of species with evolutionary history and information on the geography, geology and climate of the Earth. Central to this research theme is how the biotic and abiotic components of the Earth system vary across space and time, how they interact, and how responses of biodiversity to changing environmental conditions can be predicted.
The BIOMAC lab covers a wide variety of disciplines and scientific backgrounds such as macroecology, island biogeography, physical geography, biodiversity, geomorphology, geodiversity, macroevolution and global change (past, present, and future). Research methods include the collection and statistical modelling of large biodiversity datasets, analyses of remote sensing data from satellite imagery and high resolution Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR), handling and analysis of phylogenetic trees, and the GIS visualization and modelling of geo-ecological data. With these tools, we address research questions such as:
Research projects within the BIOMAC lab are manifold, ranging from small BSc and MSc projects that are built around collaborations within and across IBED research groups, to large international research projects involving collaborations across multiple collaborators, many countries and various disciplines. Current projects with funding include: