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Biodiversity

The study of biodiversity addresses the variety of living organisms and their variation in time and space. Biodiversity is under threat globally, with human activities accelerating extinction rates, affecting the tightly intertwined domains of human activity and nature. In addition to classical methods, it is now possible to map the biodiversity of specific environments by using advanced technology to sequence the DNA in combination with informatic tools.

At the Department of Biology, we aim at increasing our understanding of biodiversity, from minor genetic variations right up through to taxonomic and ecosystem-level variability. Our research contributes to the ongoing discovery of new life forms, from novel microorganisms in the ocean floor to new plant life in tropical rainforests. We examine biodiversity through an evolutionary lens to determine how the organisms we observe came about. For instance: How did biodiversity arise? And what are the conditions necessary to maintain it? In addition, we work on describing the role of biodiversity in threatened ecosystems, and predicting how biodiversity and the ecosystems will change in the future.


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Research areas

Biodiversity
Evolution
Plants, flowers and trees
Taxonomy
Tropical ecosystems

Research areas

Biodiversity
Conservation
Genetics and molecular evolution
Tropical ecosystems

Trine Bilde

Professor, Centre Director

Research areas

Behaviour and etology
Spiders
Evolution
Genetics
Population biology
Selection
Ecology
Zoology

Research areas

Biodiversity
plant diversity
palms (Arecaceae)
Evolution
phylogenomics
Tropical ecosystems
tropical rain forest
Ecology
macroecology
biogeography
Biodiversity
Botany
Phylogenomics
Biogeography
Macroecology

Research areas

Biodiversity
Macroecology

Research areas

Biodiversity
Zoology
Biogeography
Evolution
Animal evolution
Phylogeography
Animals
invertebrates
meiofauna
tardigrades
Rotifera
Cycliophora
horseshoe crabs
life cycle
Xenoturbella
Biology
Climatic changes

Kurt Thomas Jensen

Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita

Research areas

Benthic fauna
Benthos
Populations
Macroparasites
Invasive species
Marine biology
Marine ecology

Research areas

Plant adaptation to the environment
Evolution
Genetics
Evolutionary biology
University pedagogy and didactics

Research areas

Biodiversity
Benthic fauna
Marine biology
Climatic changes
Marine biology
Population biology
Ecology
Marine ecology
Wetlands
Intertidal flats
Ecological networks and interactions
Parasitism

Research areas

Biodiversity
Ecology
Global climate change
Macroecology
Environmental geography
Plant community

Maya Pasgaard

Assistant Professor

With my background in Biology, PhD in Global Development, and postdoc in Human Geography, l am trying to combine the best of different field to specialize in Environmental Justice and sustainability.

I am eager to explore creative and engaging approaches via inter- and transdisciplinary research collaborations and innovative students, from landscape design experiments and photography-based studies to body-mapping of nature relations, and Citizen Science.

Currently, l am steering a research project in South Africa with partners from University of Pretoria and private and public partner. We focus on collaborative, locally-anchored Green Infrastructure and Nature-based Solutions as a strategy to address great challenges surrounding biodiversity, inequity, water and waste in green spaces of deprived urban areas. The project includes co-development and onsite testing of landscape designs and ecological restoration with and in local communities.

In parallel, I am part of the SustainScapes research center and the Biodiverse Cities partnership, where I supervise a PhD project, in which we will assess user perceptions through co-created landscape visualizations (maps, models and physical installations) in Vilhelmsborg, Aarhus, in close collaboration with Aarhus Municipality.

Tightly connected to my research, I coordinate and teach a course in Global Change Biology. I see teaching as a privilege and passion, and an opportunity to integrate mutual learning with student-driven studies (see Pasgaard 2017).

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Research areas

Nature protection and restoration
Society and citizens
Power and politics
Learning and knowledge sharing
South Africa
Biodiversity

Research areas

Heredity and environment
Fruit flies
Animal adaptation to the environment
Evolution
Genetics
Insects
Selection
Stress and evolution genetics
Invertebrate thermal biology
Phenotypic plasticity
Evolutionary adaptation
Stress response, heat shock protein
Functional genetics

Jens-Christian Svenning is a macroecologist and biogeographer, with strong interest in plants, animals and people across the world. Alongside basic curiosity about nature, Jens-Christian Svenning is highly motivated to contribute to help overcome the climate and biodiversity crises and promote sustainable societal development. His research includes foci on fundamental drivers of biodiversity, climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, and human-nature interactions from the past to the future, with interest in fundamental issues such as disequilibrium dynamics and top-down trophic effects. Key applied research foci include predictive modelling, the application of informatics and space-borne and other remote sensing technology to ecological and sustainability research, human dependence on and benefits from nature, and rewilding as a promising approach to ecosystem restoration. Jens-Christian Svenning is committed to ensuring the societal benefits of his research and knowledge, working closely with a range of public and private actors on concrete real-world conservation, restoration, and sustainability projects and challenges, as well as doing large amounts of outreach.

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Research areas

Biodiversity
Biogeography
Climatic changes
Macroecology
Nature conservation
Nature management
Mammals
Plants, flowers and trees
Tropical ecosystems
Ecology
Ecoinformatics
Nature parks
Forest
Landscape
Nature protection and management
Effects of climate on animals and plants
Climate changes and biodiversity
Biodiversity
Environment scenarios
SDG 15 - Life on Land
SDG 13 - Climate Action
Subject area
Biodiversity
Ecology
Climate change
Invasive species
Paleoecology
Future scenarios
Vegetation
Forest
Plants
Mammals
Human ecology
Rewilding
Ecological restoration
Conservation
Ecosystem services

My passion is the natural history of life on Earth. I have combined this passion with the development of novel molecular tools to study biodiversity in a new way, and in order to work with what I love.

My research interests are mainly within molecular ecology with a focus on the applications of DNA from environmental samples (environmental DNA - eDNA) using high-throughput DNA sequencing. In my research group, we address fundamental and applied research questions within ecology and conservation. We are working with both species, community and population level analyses, mostly on animal eDNA but also comprehensive eDNA analyses using a tree-of-life approach. I also work with topics such as evolution, ecology and conservation.

What I do:

https://scholar.google.dk/citations?user=ZklvBfQAAAAJ&hl=en

Why I do it:

https://www.instagram.com/francis_in_the_field/

Research areas

Biodiversity
DNA
Ecology
Insects

Research areas

Biodiversity
Plant community
Vegetation ecology
Macroecology
Spatial modelling
Evolution
Taxonomy
Tropical ecosystems
Latin and South America in general
SDG 15 - Life on Land
Vegetation ecology
Biogeography
Fern ecology and systematics
Amazonian rainforests
Remote sensing