Conservation biogeography

Terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems are undergoing an unprecedented period of change as a consequence of human activities. Among the foremost threats to biodiversity, climate and land use changes are redrawing the geographical distribution of species on Earth surface. There is an urgent need to understand how such changes are affecting the functioning of ecosystems and the services they provide. The principle of conservation biogeography is to use the conceptual ideas and methodological approaches of biogeography to address such conservation issues.

The main objectives of conservation biogeography are to provide predictions about the changing state of biodiversity over time and to provide anticipative solutions to facilitate the response of biodiversity to future environmental threats.

The emphasis of my activities is on:

  • Developing and applying modelling approaches to project changes in the state of biodiversity under future environmental conditions
  • Combining different environmental variables from varying data sources (e.g. climate, land use, soil properties, biotic interactions) in modelling applications to project future changes in the state of biodiversity

Read more

Kim et al. (2018) A protocol for an intercomparison of biodiversity and ecosystem services models using harmonized land-use and climate scenarios. Geoscientific Model Development, 11, 4537-4562. [PDF]
Titeux et al. (2017) Global scenarios for biodiversity need to better integrate climate and land use change. Diversity and Distributions, 23, 1231-1234. [PDF]
Titeux et al. (2016) Biodiversity scenarios neglect future land-use changes. Global Change Biology, 22, 2505-2515. [PDF]