Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD)

Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD)

 

The vision behind the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics at NTNU is to develop an interdisciplinary centre for research into changes in time and space of biological diversity at different organismal levels.

 

CBD focuses on three primary research areas which we believe it is important to increase knowledge for the sustainable conservation of biodiversity in a changing world; Population ecology, Evolutionary biology, and Community dynamics.

 

News from CBD

EvoDemo at RørosParticipants at EvoDemo7 on Røros
The 7th annual conference of the Evolutionary Demography Society was organized as a hybrid conference combining physical attendance at the venue Røros Hotell, Røros, Norway during October 6-10 2020 with online presentations and interactions with people from several continents. In total, 70 presentations were given during the conference, a majority of those (59) as virtual presentations. In addition, 2 workshops were organized, and posters were available online. 33 persons attended the conference in person, whereas 75 persons participated online. In spite of considerable logistical challenges the conference run smoothly and the communication platform generated a lot discussion and exchange of ideas. The numerous positive feedbacks received from the participants and the Board of the Evolutionary Demography Society suggest this became a successful conference. CBD thanks the organizing committee Jonathan Fredricsson Marquez, Lisbeth Pedersen and Stefan Vriend for an excellent organization of this conference making participation such a pleasant and stimulating experience.

The Norwegian Research Council funds CBD Intpart project
NFR funding has been successfully obtained under the INTPART scheme for CBD project SQuID (Statistical Quantification of Individual Differences). SQuID is an international network of 12 academic institutions in 9 countries using customised data simulations of variability at multiple hierarchical levels to improve the use of generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs) in research and teaching. The project will involve graduate workshops at CBD and 5 focal institutions over the next three years, original research on topics where GLMMs have significant impact within biology, and development of opensource data simulation and interactive tutorial software for use in research, formal statistics courses and individual-based learning at NTNU and elsewhere. Research exchanges for promising researchers and students will enhance these activities and identify future members of the SQuID network.

Cancellation of the 7th EvoDemoSoc Annual Meeting
Because of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the national and global consequence of further spread of this disease, the organising team has decided to cancel the 7th Annual Meeting of the Evolutionary Demography Society as originally planned at Røros, Norway, from 15 to 19 April 2020. This decision was also enforced by strict regulations from NTNU and the Norwegian health authorities regarding national and international travels and meeting/workshops with more than 50 participants. We are deeply sorry for having to take this desicion, but at the time being this was the only responsible option. Registered participants will recieve more details about the practical consequences of the cancellation on email. 

 

 

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