There is considerable debate surrounding the patterns of biodiversity in space and time. How is biodiversity changing due to anthropogenic stresses? Researchers at iDiv have made synthetic discoveries and progress on understanding the reasons for variability amongst datasets. These discoveries have helped to resolve important debates in biodiversity science. The effects of natural and anthropogenic factors that influence patterns of biodiversity depend on the scale of the study; and using appropriate quantitative tools in biodiversity analyses can resolve discrepancies across studies.
Researchers at iDiv develop methodology for sampling and analysing biodiversity that will help to detect how it changes in space and time. They use this knowledge to assist the design of regional, national and global biodiversity monitoring. The scientists synthesise global studies of a number of groups of organisms into consistent databases and analyses in order to address long-standing questions in ecology.
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