The four types of biodiversity

While in lockdown, we started a conversation with our community to better understand how we are coping in our research, in the field in particular, with the current constraints. Digging deeper, we would like to capture a glimpse of what the current trend is in biodiversity research in terms of scale… At what scale are you currently measuring biodiversity?

Because, if, at first sight, the concept of biodiversity is simple, we know that the challenge of capturing such broad concepts is nothing but… well, challenging! Biodiversity being the sum total of all biotic variation from the level of genes to ecosystems,  what type of diversity are you trying to measure? And what is your big research question/motivation behind this challenging measurement?

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PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems)

SCALES (Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales)
Four Types of Biodiversity

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