Section for Biodiversity


Section head, Professor Kasper Thorup

The Section studies the fundamental evolutionary and ecological principles and processes that generate and maintain biodiversity on Earth. We study past, present and future patterns in biological diversity, its distribution, the interactions among species and their future fate under global change of climate.


Our research addresses over-arching questions about the underlying principles of life.  We focus on understanding the past, present, and future of biodiversity by integrating approaches from community ecology, macroecology, macroevolution, systematic, phylogeography and biogeography. Using a combination of modelling (statistical & mathematical), experiments, and field-based approaches in hypothesis testing frameworks, we shed light on the processes that are fundamental to understanding the evolution of biological diversity. This approach requires the generation and integration of natural history knowledge, coupled with distribution, genetic data and evolutionary and traditional specimen-based research on thousands of species.














Research groups

Research within the section is organized in the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. The section hosts the following centers, the Villum Foundation Mountain Center (leader Carsten Rahbek), Dansk-islandsk havforskningscenter (leader Katherine Richardson), the Sustainability Science Center (leader Katherine Richardson) and the IPBES i Danmark

The section also hosts the following researchers: