The research of the Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity section is focused on the dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystems. We work across geographic scales and evolutionary time. The staff is involved in projects all over the world from the arctic to the tropics. Technological advances in data acquisition and processing make it possible to explore research questions at the landscape and global scales. Most of our research is conducted in the light of human impact. We model biological change in time and derive predictions that in many instances inform political decision makers. Although the section grew out of a botanical research group, we study organisms from across the tree of life. We have a special research interest in species of key importance for maintaining ecosystem functions such as megafauna. Plants are still a subject of several types of studies including taxonomy, phylogenetics, and ethnobotany.
Our researchers are involved in the following research areas: