Dr Petr Keil

Biodiversity Synthesis
Petr Keil

Research interests


My main interests are macroecology , spatial scaling and statistics . Here at sDiv I study spatial scaling of extinction rates, and the relationship between human-induced loss of habitats and the extictions caused by the loss.

Find more at my website: www.petrkeil.com

Curriculum vitae


Full version of my CV is at my personal website.


2006-2010 – PhD, Charles University in Prague
2003-2005 – MSc, University of South Bohemia
2000-2003 – BSc, University of South Bohemia


2015-present – Postdoc, iDiv
2011, 2014-2015 – Postdoc, Center for Theoretical Study, Charles University in Prague
2011-2014 – Postdoc, Yale University
2008, 2009 (7 months) – Early-stage research trainee, Leeds University
2006 – Lab technician, University of Cambridge

Selected publications


Full list of my publications is at my website.

Keil P., Storch D. & Jetz W. (2015) On the decline of biodiversity due to area loss. Nature Communications , 6: 8837.

Quintero I., Keil P., Jetz W. & Crawford F.W. (2015) Historical biogegoraphy using species geographic ranges. Systematic Biology , 64: 1059-1073.  

Tropek R., Sedláček O., Beck J. Keil P., Musilová Z., Šímová I. & Storch D. (2014) Comment on “high-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change”. Science , 344: 981.

Keil P., Wilson A.O. & Jetz W. (2014) Uncertainty, priors, autocorrelation and disparate data in downscaling of species distributions. Diversity & Distributions , 20: 797-812.

Keil P. & Jetz W. (2014) Downscaling the environmental associations and spatial patterns of species richness. Ecological Applications , 24:823-831.

Carvalheiro L., Kunin W. E.; Keil P. & 16 authors (2013) Species richness declines and biotic homogenization have slowed down for NW-European pollinators and plants. Ecology Letters , 16: 870-878.

Keil P., Belmaker J., Wilson A.M., Unit P. & Jetz W. (2013) Downscaling of species distribution models: a hierarchical approach. Methods in Ecology and Evolution , 4: 82-94.

Storch D., Keil P. & Jetz W. (2012) Universal species–area and endemics–area relationships at continental scales. Nature , 488: 78-81.

Keil P., Schweiger O., Kuhn I., Kuussaari M., Kunin W.E., Settele J., Henle K., Brotons L., Pe’er G., Lengyel S., Moustakas A., Steinicke H. & Storch D. (2012) Patterns of beta diversity in Europe: the role of climate, land cover and distance across scales. Journal of Biogeography , 39: 1473-1486.

Keil P., Biesmeijer J.C., Barendregt A., Reemer M. & Kunin W.E. (2011) Biodiversity change is scale-dependent: an example from dutch and UK hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae). Ecography , 34: 392-401.

Keil P., Herben T., Rosindell J. & Storch D. (2010) Predictions of Taylor’s power law, density dependence and pink noise from a neutrally modelled time series. Journal of Theoretical Biology , 265: 78-86.

Keil P. & Hawkins B.A. (2009) Grids versus regional species lists: are broad-scale patterns of species richness robust to the violation of constant grain size? Biodiversity and Conservation , 18: 3127-3137.

Sizling A.L., Storch D. & Keil P. (2009) Rapoport’s rule, species tolerances, and the latitudinal diversity gradient: geometric considerations. Ecology , 90: 3575-3586.  

Keil P., Simova I. & Hawkins, B.A. (2008) Water-energy and the geographical species richness pattern of European and North African dragonflies (Odonata). Insect Conservation and Diversity , 1: 142-150.  

iDiv publications


Hines, J, Keil, P.

(2020): Common competitors and rare friends. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4(1), 8-9 *

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

Keil, P.

(2019): Z-scores unite pairwise indices of ecological similarity and association for binary data. Ecosphere 10(11) *

Keil, P., Chase, J. M.

(2019): Global patterns and drivers of tree diversity integrated across a continuum of spatial grains. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 390-99

Ren, H., Keil, P., Mi, X., Ma, K., Hao, Z., Ye, W., Lin, L., Valencia, R., Fletcher, C. D., Thomas, D. W., et al.

(2019): Environment- and trait-mediated scaling of tree occupancy in forests worldwide. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28(8), 1155-1167 *

Dormann, C. F., Calabrese, J. M., Guillera‐Arroita, G., Matechou, E., Bahn, V., Bartoń, K., Beale, C. M., Ciuti, S., Elith, J., Gerstner, K., et al.

(2018): Model averaging in ecology: a review of Bayesian, information‐theoretic and tactical approaches for predictive inference. Ecological Monographs 88(4), 485-504

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

Keil, P., Pereira, H. M., Cabral, J. S., Chase, J. M., May, F., Martins, I. S., Winter, M.

(2018): Spatial scaling of extinction rates: Theory and data reveal nonlinearity and a major upscaling and downscaling challenge. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27(1), 2-13

Shade, A., Dunn, R. R., Blowes, S. A., Keil, P., Bohannan, B. J. M., Herrmann, M., Küsel, K., Lennon, J. T., Sanders, N. J., Storch, D., Chase, J.

(2018): Macroecology to Unite All Life, Large and Small. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33(10), 731-44

Gratton, P., Marta, S., Bocksberger, G., Winter, M., Keil, P., Trucchi, E., Kühl, H.

(2017): Which Latitudinal Gradients for Genetic Diversity?. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 32(10), 724-26
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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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