In the last decade, many exciting projects have used the lab for their research projects. We would like to present five of them to you on the occasion of our 10th anniversary.
The project "Detecting Biographical Barriers - Testing and putting beta diversity on a map", addressed the identification of so-called biogeographical boundaries in West Africa. Biogeography combines aspects of the sciences of bioecology and geoecology and deals with the patterns and environmental relationships of the animal and plant world.
The project was carried out in 2013 by Dr. Johannes Penner at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, with the IT resources of the Future SOC Lab and presented at the Future SOC Lab Day. Moritz Augustin from the TU Berlin complements the original project team. Within the project they investigated the amphibious species change (≈ beta-diversity) for the region of West Africa. The generated research results can be used for a variety of conservation measures and provide information on biodiversity.
"We used Environmental Niche Modelling to build a fine grained (30x30 arcseconds ≈ 1km²) map of species richness (≈ alpha diversity) for West African using 158 out of the 180 known amphibian species of the region.”