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Oxford University
occurrence and persistence of species at different spatial and temporal scales. conservation-planning, species-distribution modeling


Miguel B. Araujo (PhD London University) is an Associate Professor of Research of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), and a Senior Research Associate of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. He is a member of the International Laboratory on Global Change, a joint venture between the CSIC and the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile. Dr. Araujo also serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ecography, associate editor of the Journal of Biogeography, Conservation Letters, and Geography Compass. He is a member of DIVERSITAS bioDISCOVERY Scientific Committee, Vice-President of the International Biogeography Society, and contributed to the 4th IPCC Intergovernmental Pannel for Climate Change) Assessment Report (Group II, Chapter 12 ), for which the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Dr. Araujo has a wide range of interests in biogeography, conservation planning, global change biology, and macroecology. Earlier work included the development of reserve-selection techniques that minimise species extinctions within reserves. It was demonstrated that proposed techniques can improve persistence of species. More recently, niche models have been used to investigate impacts of climate change on species' distributions. The goal is to better understand the sources of uncertainty in models and to propose approaches to reduce them. A study provided the first test of the performance of models under climate change and demonstrated the value of ensemble forecasting. Currently, research focuses on the history of global climates during the Tertiary and the Quaternary and how these affected current patterns of species richness. Dr. Araujo has published over 80 publications in internationally refereed journals and is one of the top 1% most cited researchers in the field of environment/ ecology. According to ISI Essential Science Indicators, Dr. Araujo is presently the second highest-cited scientist in Spain in this field (World position = 151). He has been principal or co-principal researcher in 10 research projects, including three large European funded consortiums and one FBBVA-funded international project involving Mexican and Brazilian partners . Overall he contributed to raise more than EUR 21.500.000 for research projects.