Integrating biodiversity and oceanographic information for modeling and predicting Southern Ocean diatom biogeography



Dr. Bánk Beszteri 
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung 
Sektion Polare Biologische Ozeanographie



The organizational framework and technical infrastructure for archival, public availability and dissemination of biodiversity related primary research data is undergoing major developments, towards improving cross-disciplinary data integration. This trend also opens up novel possibilities for effective integration of biodiversity related data into oceanographic studies, and for up-scaling efforts aimed at understanding environmental determinants of geographic distribution of biodiversity in the oceanic plankton. Our proposal aims at contributing to these developments and exploiting them for biogeographic-ecological research of pelagic diatoms of the Southern Ocean by building upon ecological niche modeling methodology to characterize biogeographic distributions of a number of key diatom taxa of this environment. The statistical modeling methodology to be used also enables projections of models of suitable habitats upon modeled environmental scenarios, representing a first step towards predicting potential future biogeographic scenarios.



DFG-Verfahren: Infrastruktur-Schwerpunktprogramme

Förderung von 2011 bis 2015