Research within SheffieldMeme is wide-ranging, but generally takes a data-driven approach to understanding the macroecological dynamics of marine biodiversity. Key themes are summarised below.

Distribution of marine biodiversity occurrence records from OBIS, from our paper in Annual Reviews of Marine Science 2016.

Distribution of marine biodiversity occurrence records from OBIS, from our paper in Annual Reviews of Marine Science 2016.

marine biodiversity informatics

We specialise in collating, enriching, and analysing large datasets in order to understand the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of marine biodiversity at regional to global scales. This typically requires an initial assessment of the gaps and biases in existing datasets, an issue that needs to be addressed in order to robustly quantify patterns and test mechanisms.

 

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marine macroecology

Using the kinds of large datasets identified above, we quantify macroecological patterns and relationships in the marine environment.

 

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comparative macroecology

We are interested in how the environment structures macroecological patterns. In particular, what role do different scales of environmental variation play? A primary interest here is comparisons across marine and terrestrial realms, although comparisons across different environmental regimes within realms is also of interest.