Assessing biodiversity change using citizen science and integrated distribution models

Friday 19 June, 2020
Mathews Building, Theatre C

Understanding species’ long-term trajectories is essential for conservation policy; however, assessing biodiversity change is almost always limited by the availability of data. With the cultural shift towards open science and data, ecologists increasingly have access to a range of different data sources. One of the major current challenges is developing methods that make use of disparate and heterogeneous data. In this talk, I will talk about my experiences of studying biodiversity change in Germany using different data types, especially from citizen science, including examples from plants, dragonflies and beetles. I will also present ideas about one of the most promising new approaches, so-called integrated distribution models, which statistically connect different data to allow investigation of biodiversity change and its drivers using all available data.

Bio: Diana Bowler is a population/community ecologist at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research in Leipzig, Germany. Her main research is about the nature of on-going biodiversity change and the methods to quantify and attribute biodiversity changes to underlying environmental drivers.

HOST: Prof Shinichi Nakagawa