The Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the National Museum of Natural Sciences (BGC-MNCN) integrates a multidisciplinary research group interested in the description and analysis of patterns and processes of current and past biological diversity. It includes scientists interested in understanding, predicting and, eventually, mitigating the effects of global change on the biota.
The department is organised in two main research areas:
- The description and analysis of the patterns of current and past biodiversity and the processes underlying them and,
- The prediction of the future impacts of global change on the biota
Main specific research topics include: description of biogeographic patterns, effects on species and communities of climate and land-use change, emergent diseases and biological invasions, predictive modelling of species’ distribution, criteria for reserve selection, and relations between community structure and function.