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 

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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

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Geodiversity

2018 - present

Incorporating geodiversity into biodiversity and species distribution models across spatial scales

Essential Geodiversity Variables

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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)
Ecosystem Structure Working Group.

2016 - present

Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)

Ecosystem Function Working Group.

2016 - present

Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)

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)

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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)