Dr. Carsten Meyer


Research interests


I am a researcher interested in the interface between macroecology, socioeconomics and sustainability. I most frequently work on topics revolving around biodiversity change and the underlying societal drivers, and on biodiversity data limitations. I have experience from field ecology to global-scale interdisciplinary studies. I use quantitative approaches, typically working at large spatial scales and comparing across different levels of organization (e.g. taxonomic, spatial, temporal, political). As of November 2016, I am leading the Macroecology & Society lab at (iDiv), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation as a Freigeist-Fellow. Further information on myself and my research can be found on my personal website.

Short CV


  • Since 11/2016
    Head of the Freigeist Group “Macroecology and Society” at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Resarch (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.
  • 2016
    Postdoc at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, USA.
  • 2015
    Postdoc at the Synthesis Center sDiv, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Resarch (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.
  • 2011–2015
    PhD-Thesis in the “Biodiversity, Macroecology, and Biogeography” Group, University of Göttingen, Germany.
  • 2004–2010
    Study of Biology at the University of Göttingen, Germany. During 2007, Study of Biology at the University of Lund, Sweden.

Non-iDiv Publications


Despot-Belmonte, K., Neßhöver, C., Saarenmaa, H., Regan, E., Meyer, C., Martins, E., Groom, Q., Hoffmann, A., Caine, A., Bowles-Newark, N., Bae, H., Lange Canhos, D.A., Stenzel, S., Bowler, D., Schneider, A., Weatherdon, L.V., Martin, C.S. (2017): Biodiversity data provision and decision-making – addressing the challenges. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3:1-11e12165. | 10.3897/rio.3.e12165

Meyer, C. (2016): Limitations in global information on species occurrences. Frontiers of Biogeography 8:e28195. | 10.21425/F58228195

Meyer, C., Kreft, H., Guralnick, R. P., Jetz, W. (2015): Global priorities for an effective information basis of biodiversity distributions. Nature Communications6:8221. | 10.1038/ncomms9221

Kehoe, L., Kuemmerle, T., Meyer, C., Levers, C., Václavík, T., Kreft, H. (2015): Global patterns of agricultural land-use intensity and vertebrate diversity. Diversity and Distributions 21:1308–1318. | 10.1111/ddi.12359

Stein, A., Beck, J., Meyer, C., Waldmann, E., Weigelt, P., Kreft, H. (2015): Differential effects of environmental heterogeneity on global mammal species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography24:1072–1083. | 10.1111/geb.12337



Craven, D., M. T. van der Sande, C. Meyer, K. Gerstner, J. M. Bennett, D. P. Giling, J. Hines, H. R. P. Phillips, F. May, K. H. Bannar-Martin, J. M. Chase, P. Keil

(2020): A cross-scale assessment of productivity-diversity relationships. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(11) *

Ehrmann, S., R. Seppelt, C. Meyer

(2020): Harmonise and integrate heterogeneous areal data with the R package arealDB. Environmental Modelling & Software 133 *

Leclère, D., M. Obersteiner, M. Barrett, S. H. M. Butchart, A. Chaudhary, A. De Palma, F. A. J. DeClerck, M. Di Marco, J. C. Doelman, M. Dürauer, R. Freeman, M. Harfoot, T. Hasegawa, S. Hellweg, J. P. Hilbers, S. L. L. Hill, F. Humpenöder, N. Jennings, T. Krisztin, G. M. Mace, H. Ohashi, A. Popp, A. Purvis, A. M. Schipper, A. Tabeau, H. Valin, H. van Meijl, W.-J. van Zeist, P. Visconti, R. Alkemade, R. Almond, G. Bunting, N. D. Burgess, S. E. Cornell, F. Di Fulvio, S. Ferrier, S. Fritz, S. Fujimori, M. Grooten, T. Harwood, P. Havlík, M. Herrero, A. J. Hoskins, M. Jung, T. Kram, H. Lotze-Campen, T. Matsui, C. Meyer, D. Nel, T. Newbold, G. Schmidt-Traub, E. Stehfest, B. B. N. Strassburg, D. P. van Vuuren, C. Ware, J. E. M. Watson, W. Wu, L. Young

(2020): Bending the curve of terrestrial biodiversity needs an integrated strategy. Nature 585(7826)

Jetz, W., McGeoch, M. A., Guralnick, R., Ferrier, S., Beck, J., Costello, M. J., Fernandez, M., Geller, G. N., Keil, P., Merow, C., Meyer, C., Muller-Karger, F. E., Pereira, H. M., et al.

(2019): Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3(4), 539-51

Egli, L., Meyer, C., Scherber, C., Kreft, H., Tscharntke, T.

(2018): Winners and losers of national and global efforts to reconcile agricultural intensification and biodiversity conservation. Global Change Biology 24(5), 2212-28

Heck, V., Hoff, H., Wirsenius, S., Meyer, C., Kreft, H.

(2018): Land use options for staying within the Planetary Boundaries – Synergies and trade-offs between global and local sustainability goals. Global Environmental Change 49, 73-84

Keil, P., MacDonald, A. A. M., Ramirez, K. S., Bennett, J. M., García-Peña, G. E., Yguel, B., Bourgeois, B., Meyer, C.

(2018): Macroecological and macroevolutionary patterns emerge in the universe of GNU/Linux operating systems. Ecography 41(11), 1788-1800

Leclère, D., Obersteiner, M., Alkemade, R., Almond, R., Barrett, M., Bunting, G., Burgess, N., H. M. Butchart, S., Chaudhary, A., Cornell, S., De Palma, A., A. J. DeClerck, F., Di Fulvio, F., Di Marco, M., Doelman, J., Dürauer, M., Ferrier, S., Freeman, R., Fritz, S., Fujimori, S., Grooten, M., Harfoot, M., Harwood, T., Hasegawa, T., Havlik, P., Hellweg, S., Herrero, M., Hilbers, J., Hill, S., Hoskins, A., Humpenöder, F., Kram, T., Krisztin, T., Lotze-Campen, H., Mace, G., Matsui, T., Meyer, C., et al.

(2018): Towards pathways bending the curve of terrestrial biodiversity trends within the 21st century. IIASA

Newbold, T., Hudson, L. N., Contu, S., Hill, S. L. L., Beck, J., Liu, Y. H., Meyer, C., Phillips, H. R. P., Scharlemann, J. P. W., Purvis, A.

(2018): Widespread winners and narrow-ranged losers: Land use homogenizes biodiversity in local assemblages worldwide. Plos Biology 16(12), e2006841

Dawson, W., Moser, D., van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Lenzner, B., Blackburn, T. M., Dyer, E. E., Cassey, P., Scrivens, S. L., Economo, E. P., Guénard, B., Capinha, C., Seebens, H., García-Díaz, P., Nentwig, W., García-Berthou, E., Casal, C., Mandrak, N. E., Fuller, P., Meyer, C., Essl, F.

(2017): Global hotspots and correlates of alien species richness across taxonomic groups. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(0186)

Delzeit, R., Zabel, F., Meyer, C., Václavík, T.

(2017): Addressing future trade-offs between biodiversity and cropland expansion to improve food security. Regional Environmental Change 17(5), 1429-41

Kehoe, L., Senf, C., Meyer, C., Gerstner, K., Kreft, H., Kuemmerle, T.

(2017): Agriculture rivals biomes in predicting global species richness. Ecography 40(9), 1118-28

Rosa, I. M. D., Pereira, H. M., Ferrier, S., Alkemade, R., Acosta, L. A., Akcakaya, H. R., den Belder, E., Fazel, A. M., Fujimori, S., Harfoot, M., Harhash, K. A., Harrison, P. A., Hauck, J., Hendriks, R. J. J., Hernandez, G., Jetz, W., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. I., Kim, H., King, N., Kok, M. T. J., Kolomytsev, G. O., Lazarova, T., Leadley, P., Lundquist, C. J., Marquez, J. G., Meyer, C., Navarro, L. M., Nesshöver, C., Ngo, H. T., Ninan, K. N., Palomo, M. G., Pereira, L. M., Peterson, G. D., Pichs, R., Popp, A., Purvis, A., Ravera, F., Rondinini, C., Sathyapalan, J., Schipper, A. M., Seppelt, R., Settele, J., Sitas, N., van Vuuren, D.

(2017): Multiscale scenarios for nature futures. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, 1416-1419

Meyer, C., Jetz, W., Guralnick, R. P., Fritz, S. A., Kreft, H.

(2016): Range geometry and socio-economics dominate species-level biases in occurrence information. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25(10), 1181-93

Meyer, C., Weigelt, P., Kreft, H.

(2016): Multidimensional biases, gaps and uncertainties in global plant occurrence information. Ecology Letters 19(8), 992-1006
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