Biodiversity Change - Debating the existence of local biodiversity loss and developing new projects to build consensus

First meeting: 10.-12.10.2014

Forest Isbell
Nico Eisenhauer

Project summary:
Despite substantial evidence of modern environmental degradation, recent data syntheses have sparked controversy over whether and how biodiversity has changed in recent decades. We will jointly advance theoretical and empirical tools for detecting and attributing biodiversity change given available data. Our theoretical synthesis will evaluate methods for estimating and comparing biodiversity across scales and advance conceptual and analytical tools for attributing changes to perturbations. We will identify challenges and solutions for relating modern biodiversity change to conservation and ecosystem function.

Anne Bjorkman (iDiv); Helge Bruelheide (Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg); Jon Chase (iDiv); Dylan Craven (iDiv); Maria Dornelas (University of St Andrews); Nico Eisenhauer (iDiv); Andrew Gonzalez (McGill University); Fangliang He (University of Alberta); Jessica Hines(iDiv);  Forest Isbell (University of Georgia); Holly Keltner (Northern Illinois University); Brian McGill (University of Maine); Grace Murphy (Dalhousie University); Isla Myers-Smith (University of Edinburgh); Laetitia Navarro(iDiv); Mary O'Connor (University of British Columbia); Sarah Supp (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Marten Winter (iDiv);  Christian Wirth (University of Leipzig)

Meeting report


Succesful proposal leading to sDiv working group sChange

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