We are excited to announced that, since 23rd of January, we have a new member of MOBI lab, Dr. Carmen Soria! Carmen did her PhD on Projected effect of global change on species’ change in extinction risk (open access repository) with Carlo Rondinini and Michela Pacifici at Sapienza Universita di Roma, Italy, within the Global Mammal Assessment. She also closely collaborated with Stuart Butchard from BirdLife International.

Carmen is an ecologist interested in investigating the mechanisms behind species’ distributions and responses to change and their variation across taxa, regions, and time, with a particular focus on mammals and birds. She has experience with compiling large databases of functional traits (e.g. here).

Carmen’s research at the MOBI lab will be within the BEAST ERC project, where she will develop and test models interpolating biodiversity change across space, time, and their scales.


Are you a master student in your final year? Are you pondering carreer in academia, biodiversity research, or remote sensing? I offer two fully funded, 4-year, full-time PhD positions in a field spanning macroecology, biodiversity science, ecological statistics, and space-borne remote sensing.

Briefly, the research is part our ERC-funded project BEAST (“Biodiversity dynamics across a continuum of space, time, and their scales”) which studies how biodiversity has changed in time at local, regional, and continental scales, during the last 50 years. The focus is on terrestrial taxa (vertebrates, plants) and facets of biodiversity which can be remotely sensed from satellites.

PhD Position 1: The objective is to analyze temporal change of taxonomic diversity in several datasets from across the world, and to investigate if temporal biodiversity change leaves characteristic imprints in static spatial patterns of biodiversity. The project is macroecological, i.e. it aims at documenting universal ecological patterns and laws that hold across regions and taxonomic groups, similarly to the laws of physics. This can be useful when assessing biodiversity dynamics in regions with poor data.

PhD Position 2: This project will analyze temporal change of remotely sensed spectral diversity, i.e. diversity of spectra captured by spaceborne satellite sensors such as MODIS or SENTINEL. The practical goal is to link this spectral diversity with locally measured taxonomic diversity (and to test the so called “spectral variability hypothesis”), and to investigate if the remotely sensed biodiversity change can be used as a proxy for temporal change of taxonomic diversity.

I want to know more. How can I apply?

Details, requirements, salary, and application instructions are here. Application deadline is 15th of February 2023.

We are looking for:

  • Postdoctoral reseracher in biodiversity science, macroecology, and ecological modelling. 2 years, full time, starting January 2023. Details and application instructions.

  • Spatial data manager / programmer who can handle GIS and spatial data, and who can program in R/Python/Julia or similar. 2 years, full time, starting January 2023. Details and application instructions.

Review of applications for both jobs will begin on 20th of October 2022 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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Petr has been awarded ERC consolidator grant by the European Research Council. The aim of the project is to explore what’s been happening with terrestrial biodiversity, testing new models connecting local and regional processes.

The grant agreement hasn’t been signed yet, but preparations have been in progress to locate the grant at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

Stay tuned for PhD/postdoc openings!

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Francois presenting

Petr and Francois attended IBS biennal meeting in Vancouver 2022 (June 2 - June 6, 2022). The photo shows Francois giving talk on his work on cross-scale biodiversity change in Czech birds.

Flo has submitted her manuscript on Integrating presence-only and presence-absence data to model changes in species geographic ranges: An example of yaguarundí in Latin America( see the preprint on EcoEvoRxiv). This was a fantastic collaboration between us and Diana Bowler. Let’s see how the manuscript fares in review now.

Manuele Bazzichetto

In October 2022, Manuele Bazzichetto will start his 2-year Marie Curie postdoc fellowship with us at MOBI lab and Department of Spatial Sciences. He will study the effect of climatic extremes on ecosystem stability in plant communities - another facet in the complex picture of global biodiversity change. We are thrilled to have you Manuele!

In October 2021 we hired Kateřina and Eva to help us with database management. Thus, all the positions announced in Petr’s REES project are now filled in. We also named oursleves the MOBI Lab, and we launched this new website.