My work focuses on the application of remote sensing, machine learning, and non-linear statistical tools to study biodiversity - geodiversity interactions. I am especially interested in plant functional trait-environment correlations and associated implications for ecosystem structure and functioning.
Much of my work focuses on improving our understanding of the threat climate change and anthropogenic drivers pose for bio- and geodiversity and on finding nature-based solutions to mitigate these threats.
I am currently working on global and continental scales with a focus on tropical and arctic ecosystems.
Projects and working groups
sTeTra - Quantifying temporal change in traits across taxa and the globe
2020 - present
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) synthesis working group. PIs: Franziska Schrodt, Maria Dornelas
sMiLE - Synthesising plant Metabolomics into biodiversity, Life history & Ecology
2019 - present
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) synthesis working group. PIs: Thomas Walker, Franziska Schrodt
2018 - present
Incorporating geodiversity into biodiversity and species distribution models across spatial scales
Essential Geodiversity Variables
Schrodt et al. (2019) PNAS
ARCFUNC - Functional biogeography of Arctic plant diversity: trajectories in space and time
2017 - present
Danish Council for Independent Research Grant. PI: Signe Normand (Aarhus University, DK)
ARCFUNC field sites and
associated TRY data (Anne Bjorkman)
Remote sensing of biodiversity: linking leaf optical spectra to plant functional traits and phylogenetics.
2016 - 2018
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (USA)
Prospects and priorities for satellite monitoring of global terrestrial biodiversity.
2014 - 2016
National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (USA)2
sPlot - Plant trait-environment relationships across the world's biomes.
2013 - present
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle - Jena - Leipzig (DE)
Integrating trait observations and macroecological data across Europe (iTRY Europe)
2013 - 2015
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and German Cente for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle - Jena - Leipzig (DE)
Transformative steps in plant data synthesis
2012 - 2015
Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota (USA)
Tropical Biomes in Transition (TROBIT)
2005 - 2011
School of Geography, University of Leeds (UK)