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10.03.2020

Detecting Biographical Barriers in West Afrika @ Future SOC Lab

Projekt #3: Detecting Biographical Barriers - Testing and putting beta diversity on a map

For 10 years, the Future SOC Lab, the HPI's top research laboratory, has been offering researchers free access to a powerful IT landscape. The Lab, a server system consisting of many computing cores, with high memory capacity and a large volume of hard disk storage, specializes in service-oriented computing, involving the creation of software units that can be distributed over a network to create business processes and business applications.

Detecting Biographical Barriers – Testing and putting beta diversity on a map
Projekt #3: Detecting Biographical Barriers - Testing and putting beta diversity on a map.

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.

Excerpt Abstract:

"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.”

HPI Future SOC Lab Day

The semi-annual HPI Future SOC Lab Day presents the latest research in the lab. Reports, posters and presentations by researchers give peers and interested participants an insight into the research work at the HPI Future SOC Lab and expand the discussion network.

Call for Proposals

You can submit your research application for the next period of use until 12.04.2020. A Steering Committee of the HPI Future SOC Labs, consisting of representatives of the HPI and the industrial partners, decides on the approval of the project proposals. You can find more information about the "Call for Proposals" here.