Center Publications

Publications with Center affiliation, Yale contributors marked in bold. For citation info see here.


Stefan Pinkert, Vijay Barve, Rob Guralnick, Walter Jetz. Global geographical and latitudinal variation in butterfly species richness captured through a comprehensive country-level occurrence database. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 2022. doi:10.1111/geb.13475.

 James K. Wetterer, Jovonn G. Hill, Joe A. MacGown, Douglas B. Booher. Populations of the Graceful Twig Ant, Pseudomyrmex gracilis, Now Bridge the Distribution Gap between Their Native Range in Texas and Non-Native Range in Florida, USA. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 2022;148(1):51-58. doi:10.3157/061.148.0104.

Walter Jetz, Grigori Tertitski, Roland Kays, Uschi Mueller, Martin Wikelski. Biological Earth observation with animal sensors. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 2022;37(4):293-298. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2021.11.011.

Rohan D. Simkin, Karen C. Seto, Robert I. McDonald, and Walter Jetz. Biodiversity impacts and conservation implications of urban land expansion projected to 2050. PNAS. 2022. doi:10.1073/pnas.2117297119.

Stuber EF, Carlson BS, Jesmer BR. Spatial personalities: a meta-analysis of consistent individual differences in spatial behavior. Behav Ecol. 2022;arab147. doi:10.1093/beheco/arab147

Vessaz F, Marsh CJ, Bijoux J, Gendron G, Mason-Parker C. Recovery trajectories of oceanic reef ecosystems following multiple mass coral bleaching events. Mar Biol. 2022;169: 23. doi:10.1007/s00227-021-04013-8


Moura MR, Jetz W. Shortfalls and opportunities in terrestrial vertebrate species discovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2021; 1–9. doi:10.1038/s41559-021-01411-5

Gotelli NJ, Booher DB, Urban MC, Ulrich W, Suarez AV, Skelly DK, et al. Estimating species relative abundances from museum records. Methods Ecol Evol. 2021. doi:10.1111/2041-210x.13705

Somveille M, Ellis-Soto D. Linking animal migration and ecosystem processes: data-driven simulation of propagule dispersal by migratory herbivores. bioRxiv. 2021. p. 2021.05.21.445111. doi:10.1101/2021.05.21.445111

Ladouceur E, McGowan J, Huber P, Possingham H, Scridel D, Klink R, et al. An objective‐based prioritization approach to support trophic complexity through ecological restoration species mixes. J Appl Ecol. 2021. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13943

Karger DN, Wilson AM, Mahony C, Zimmermann NE, Jetz W. Global daily 1 km land surface precipitation based on cloud cover-informed downscaling. Sci Data. 2021;8: 307. doi:10.1038/s41597-021-01084-6

Oliver RY, Meyer C, Ranipeta A, Winner K, Jetz W. Global and national trends, gaps, and opportunities in documenting and monitoring species distributions. PLoS Biol. 2021;19: e3001336. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3001336

Ellis‐Soto D, Merow C, Amatulli G, Parra JL, Jetz W. Continental‐scale 1 km hummingbird diversity derived from fusing point records with lateral and elevational expert information. Ecography. 2021;44: 640–652. doi:10.1111/ecog.05119

Jetz W, McGowan J, Rinnan DS, Possingham HP, Visconti P, O’Donnell B, et al. Include biodiversity representation indicators in area-based conservation targets. Nat Ecol Evol. 2021; 1–4. doi:10.1038/s41559-021-01620-y

Sica Y, Zermoglio P. Unlocking inventory data capture, sharing and reuse: The Humboldt extension to Darwin Core. Biodivers Inf Sci Stand. 2021;5. doi:10.3897/biss.5.74275

Hagen O, Skeels A, Onstein R, Jetz W, Pellissier L. Earth history events shaped the evolution of uneven biodiversity across tropical moist forests. PNAS. 2021;118(40):e2026347118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2026347118

Jung M, Arnell A, de Lamo X, García-Rangel S, Lewis M, Mark J, et al. Areas of global importance for conserving terrestrial biodiversity, carbon and water. Nat Ecol Evol. 2021;5: 1499–1509. doi:10.1038/s41559-021-01528-7

Greenberg DA, Pyron RA, Johnson LGW, Upham NS, Jetz W, Mooers AØ. Evolutionary legacies in contemporary tetrapod imperilment. Ecol Lett. 2021;24: 2464–2476. doi:10.1111/ele.13868

Li R, Ranipeta A, Wilshire J, Malczyk J, Duong M, Guralnick R, et al. A cloud-based toolbox for the versatile environmental annotation of biodiversity data. PLoS Biol. 2021;19(11): e3001460. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3001460.

Ellis-Soto D, Ferraro KM, Rizzuto M, Briggs E, Monk JD, Schmitz OJ. A methodological roadmap to quantify animal-vectored spatial ecosystem subsidies. J Anim Ecol. 2021;90: 1605–1622. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13538

Jarzyna MA, Quintero I, Jetz W. Global functional and phylogenetic structure of avian assemblages across elevation and latitude. Ecol Lett. 2020. doi:10.1111/ele.13631

Tallis H, Fargione J, Game E, McDonald R, Baumgarten L, Bhagabati N, et al. Prioritizing actions: spatial action maps for conservation. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2021;1505: 118–141. doi:10.1111/nyas.14651

Carlson BS, Rotics S, Nathan R, Wikelski M, Jetz W. Individual environmental niches in mobile organisms. Nat Commun. 2021;12: 4572. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24826-x

Karger DN, Kessler M, Lehnert M, Jetz W. Limited protection and ongoing loss of tropical cloud forest biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide. Nat Ecol Evol. 2021;5: 854–862. doi:10.1038/s41559-021-01450-y

Sinnott-Armstrong MA, Donoghue MJ, Jetz WJ. Dispersers and environment drive global variation in fruit colour syndromes. Ecol Lett. 2021;24: 1387–1399. doi:10.1111/ele.13753

Esmaeili S, Jesmer BR, Albeke SE, Aikens EO. Body size and digestive system shape resource selection by ungulates: A cross‐taxa test of the forage maturation hypothesis. Ecology Letters. 2021;24(10): 2178-2191. doi:10.1111/ele.13848.

Lu M. Complex relationships between beta diversity and dispersal in meta‐community models. Ecography. 2021;44(12): 1769-1780. doi:10.1111/ecog.05937.

Lu M, Winner K, Jetz W. A unifying framework for quantifying and comparing n‐dimensional hypervolumes. Methods Ecol Evol. 2021;12: 1953–1968. doi:10.1111/2041-210x.13665

Turvey ST, Duncan C, Upham NS, Harrison X, Dávalos LM. Where the wild things were: intrinsic and extrinsic extinction predictors in the world’s most depleted mammal fauna. Proc Biol Sci. 2021;288: 20202905. doi:10.1098/rspb.2020.2905

Simmons BA, Nolte C, McGowan J. Delivering on Biden’s 2030 conservation commitment. bioRxiv. 2021. doi:10.1101/2021.02.28.433244.

Sivakumar AH, Sheldon D, Winner K, Burt CS, Horton KG. A weather surveillance radar view of Alaskan avian migration. Proc Biol Sci. 2021;288: 20210232. doi:10.1098/rspb.2021.0232

Karger DN, Wilson AM, Mahony C, Zimmermann NE, Jetz W. Global daily 1 km land surface precipitation based on cloud cover-informed downscaling. Sci Data. 2021;8: 307. doi:10.1038/s41597-021-01084-6

Macgown JA, Booher D, Richter H, Wetterer JK, Hill JG. An Updated List of Ants of Alabama (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with New State Records. Transactions of the American Entomological Society. 2021;147: 961–981. doi:10.3157/061.147.0409

Booher DB. The ant genus Strumigenys Smith, 1860 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in western North America North of Mexico. Zootaxa. 2021;5061: 201–248. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.5061.2.1


Oliver RY, Mahoney PJ, Gurarie E, Krikun N, Weeks BC, Hebblewhite M, et al. Behavioral responses to spring snow conditions contribute to long-term shift in migration phenology in American robins. Environ Res Lett. 2020;15: 045003. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab71a0

Rutz C, Loretto M-C, Bates AE, Davidson SC, Duarte CM, Jetz W, et al. COVID-19 lockdown allows researchers to quantify the effects of human activity on wildlife. Nat Ecol Evol. 2020;4: 1156–1159. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1237-z

Colston TJ, Kulkarni P, Jetz W, Pyron RA. Phylogenetic and spatial distribution of evolutionary diversification, isolation, and threat in turtles and crocodilians (non-avian archosauromorphs). BMC Evol Biol. 2020;20: 81. doi:10.1186/s12862-020-01642-3

Somveille M, Wikelski M, Beyer RM, Rodrigues ASL, Manica A, Jetz W. Simulation-based reconstruction of global bird migration over the past 50,000 years. Nat Commun. 2020;11: 801. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-14589-2

Jesmer BR, Kauffman MJ, Murphy MA, Goheen JR. A test of the Niche Variation Hypothesis in a ruminant herbivore. J Anim Ecol. 2020;89(12): 2825-2839. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13351

Mertes K, Jarzyna MA, Jetz W. Hierarchical multi-grain models improve descriptions of species’ environmental associations, distribution, and abundance. Ecol Appl. 2020;30: e02117. doi:10.1002/eap.2117

Gumbs R, Gray CL, Böhm M, Hoffmann M, Grenyer R, Jetz W, et al. Global priorities for conservation of reptilian phylogenetic diversity in the face of human impacts. Nat Commun. 2020;11: 2616. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16410-6

Scott Rinnan D, Sica Y, Ranipeta A, Wilshire J, Jetz W. Terrestrial conservation opportunities and inequities revealed by global multi-scale prioritization. bioRxiv. 2020. p. 2020.02.05.936047. doi:10.1101/2020.02.05.936047


McGeoch M, Jetz W. Measure and Reduce the Harm Caused by Biological Invasions. One Earth. 2019;1: 171–174. doi:10.1016/j.oneear.2019.10.003

Powers RP, Jetz W. Global habitat loss and extinction risk of terrestrial vertebrates under future land-use-change scenarios. Nat Clim Chang. 2019;9: 323–329. doi:10.1038/s41558-019-0406-z

Jetz W, McGeoch MA, Guralnick R, Ferrier S, Beck J, Costello MJ, et al. Essential biodiversity variables for mapping and monitoring species populations. Nat Ecol Evol. 2019;3: 539–551. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0826-1