Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC)


Center leader:

Center leader Carsten Rahbek


2010 - 2019

Application round:

6th Round

Host institution(s)

University of Copenhagen


111.0M DKK

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Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate seeks to identify, describe and explain temporal and spatial patterns in the biological variation. The center integrates terrestrial and marine research in a cross-disciplinary research program addressing fundamental questions on the origin, maintenance, conservation and future of life and biological diversity on Earth.

Research at the center focuses on:

  • How to explain the large-scale spatial distribution of biological diversity on Earth from first principles of evolution, ecology and historical contingency
  • How does climate as a principal factor affect distribution of life on Earth in the past, today and in the future (given landuse- and climate change)
  • How species-specific, high quality data and through knowledge about the evolution, natural history and biology of species can advance our in-depth understanding about life and function of organisms on Earth
  • How evolutionary and ecographical principles, data and knowledge can be used to develop robust, science-based strategies for management of biological diversity today and in the future

Annual highlights

Highlights 2018

Highlights 2017

Latest news

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An answer to the hitherto unsolved riddle about animal species’ exhibition pattern may be found in the mountains

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CMEC and Center for GeoGenetics are part of developing a method to fight snail fever

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