MACROECOLOGY UK has been established by the
BES MACROECOLOGY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP COMMITTEE
I am interested in questions about the abundance, distributions, diversity and extinction risk of species. My background is in comparative evolutionary biology and conservation biology of mammals. These days I work mostly on the distribution and abundance of UK insects. My research generally involves statistical models using data that are structured in space, time and/or phylogenetically. I started out using the traditional approach in macroecology of taking one value per species, but recently I have been working with hierarchical models to explore patterns at a range of scales, from populations in space to species and higher taxonomic levels.
I try to understand the distribution of marine biodiversity at regional to global scales, applying macroecological approaches and developing computational and visualisation methods to deal with large datasets covering many taxonomic groups. I am especially interested in how these large-scale patterns are influenced by smaller-scale processes, including both ecological interactions and human activities.
My research aims to discover the relative importance of multiple underlying processes that generate and maintain biogeographical patterns, particularly gradients in diversity. I have recently become very interested in the potential role of biotic interactions in establishing biogeographical patterns and will pursue this research direction in my new position as Assistant Professor at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution & Climate (CMEC) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
AdrianA De Palma
SIG Student Representative
In my research, I'm attempting to formulate a global model of how bee communities respond to local human impacts, using data collated from the published literature. In addition, I'm interested in how we can use these data to inform policy decisions at appropriate spatial scales.