Carsten Rahbek

Carsten Rahbek
Chair of Biology
Faculty of Science

I hold a full professor-chair in Macroecology focusing on biodiversity at the GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen, a professor-chair in Macroecology at Imperial College, London and an Adjunct Professorship at Peking University. In Copenhagen, I am the director of a Danish Nation Research Foundation Center of Excellence for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (

I’m Elected Member of Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters (2006 onwards), have been awarded in 2010 the prestigious 'Elite Researcher Price' - the largest governmental research price in Denmark, received the Villum Kann Rasmussen's Annual Award for Technical and Scientific Research, 2012 - the largest private foundation research price in Denmark; appointed Bingzhi Forum Professorship at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2012), Past President the International Biogeography Society (January 2013 onwards)

In my biodiversity research I merge macroecological distribution data on thousands of species (millions of records) with evolutionary information derived from phylogenetic trees. Currently I explore new frontiers of research by combining the use of modern DNA- and genomic-techniques, including information from ancient DNA, novel macroecological predictive and null models, new biodiversity and climate-change ensemble forecast models of species distribution, and powerful bioinformatics tools and statistics. The aim is to enable a truly holistic approach in which I attempt to elucidate how the major geophysical, terrestrial and oceanic processes act together in shaping the distribution of life on Earth and how we may mange and preserve it.
The natural "other side" of my research relates to biological principles can be combined with socio-economic factors and economic analytical tools to identify robust priorities for conservation of biodiversity. My socio-economic research focuses on cost-efficiency and priority methods, as well as practical single-species or whole-sale conservation/management cases.