Modelling of Biodiversity Lab (MOBI Lab) is a research group led by Petr Keil at Department of Spatial Sciences at FZP CZU in Prague, Czech Republic.

We study:

  • Temporal change of biodiversity. Biodiversity is under pressure from human actions. Intensive agriculture, deforestation, overexploitation, climate change, or biological invasions all change nature. We study where, why, and how fast this happens.
  • Geographic distribution of biodiversity. Why are some places on Earth full of living things, while other places aren’t? Why are there fever than 100 species of trees that live in the millions of km2 of boreal forests in Eurasia and North america, while there can be hundreds of species cooccurring in as little as 50 ha in a tropical forest of South America or Asia?
  • Statistics, machine learning, spatial and temporal scale. We develop new models for big and messy data of the 21st century. We are interested in scientific methodology, particularly in statistics, machine learning, and all sorts of artifacts related to physical constraints, geometry, and scales of the world.
  • Ecological patterns. We seek general patterns rather than anecdotes or local context. To quote Robert MacArthur (1972, Geographical Ecology): "The concept of pattern or regularity is central to science. Pattern implies some sort of repetition, and in nature it is usually an imperfect repetition. The existence of the repetition means some prediction is possible--having witnessed an event once, we can partially predict its future course when it repeats itself."