Execution and supervision

Dr. Juliana Stropp

Principal Investigator

I am an ecologist investigating biodiversity in tropical rainforests. My recent work explores how scientific knowledge of biodiversity has evolved over time and which gaps and biases persist. With TAXON-TIME, I combine information from botanical monographs, field data, and digital resources to investigate the link between taxonomy and tree diversity in Africa and Amazonia. I will quantify the probability of re-classifications, explore its variability across taxa and time, and try to understand how re-classifications impact current diversity patterns. I tackle this challenge by applying methods of data-intensive research and analytical evolutionary biology.


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Dr. Joaquín Hortal

Principal supervisor

I am a biogeographer with broad interests in macroecology, community ecology, island biogeography, insect ecology, evolution, and biodiversity research. In particular, I work in understanding the role of niche and interactions in species coexistence, disentangling the determinants of large-scale patterns of biodiversity, and assessing the uncertainty in biodiversity data.


Prof. Christoph Schommer

Supervisor during secondment

I am a computer scientist with expertise in the crossroad of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science since more than 30 years. In particular, my research fields comprise Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery and applications of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing, respectively.


Project Advisory Panel 

Dr Lucy Bastin

Expert in spatial modelling and informatics

School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.


Dr Isabel Sanmartín

Expert in analytical biogeography and evolutionary biology

Real Jardín Botánico (RJB-CSCI), Madrid, Spain.


Dr Gilles Dauby

Expert in the flora of African tropical rainforest

French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, Montpellier, France.


Prof Hans ter Steege

Expert in the flora of Amazonian rainforest

Biodiversity Dynamics Group Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands.


Dr Duccio Rocchini

Expert in spatio-ecological modelling and remote sensing

Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy.



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Collaborate in research

If you are interested in this research and would like to write a Master or PhD thesis on a topic relate to the TAXON-TIME project, please contact Juliana Stropp. She would be happy to discuss how TAXON-TIME can support your work.

PHOTOS: Peter van der Sleen: Amazonia / Grégoire du Bois: Africa

LOGOTYPE: Luiz Flavio Giannotti

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