This seminar addresses research questions in global biodiversity science,
macroecology, global change ecology and conservation.
The speaker will first illustrate and discuss the global geographic patterns
of diversity. 28 000 species of terrestrial vertebrates and the role of
past and current environment in shaping them.
Using birds as a study system, he will then present the results of first-ever
global projections of the potential threats arising from future environmental
Finally, he will outline a new cyber-infrastructure and citizen-science
initiative aimed at advancing the global species distribution knowledge-base to
facilitate more robust and general forecasts of future biodiversity change.
About the Speaker
Professor Walter Jetz is a CSIRO Office of the Cheif Executive Distinguished
Visiting Scientist from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at
Yale University, USA.