MOBI Lab

Modelling of Biodiversity Laboratory (MOBI Lab) is a new research group at Department of Spatial Sciences at FZP CZU in Prague, Czech Republic. We are currently funded by the REES program.

We study:

  • Geographic distribution of biological diversity. 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?
  • Temporal biodiversity change, loss, and gain. We likely face a loss of biological diversity caused by humans. Intensive agriculture, deforestation, overexploitation, climate change, or biological invasions all change nature. We study where, why, and how fast this change happens.
  • 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.