Key aspects of ecology, from understanding biodiversity to identifying conservation targets, depend on how organisms are classified. For ecologists, the importance of taxonomy is undisputed. Yet most sub-disciplines of ecology treat the taxonomic classification of organisms as static, while in reality it is dynamic and subject to periodic change. TAXON-TIME aims to bridge the gap between taxonomy and macroecology. The project investigates 250 years of botanical explorations in African and Amazonian rainforests and analyses the impacts of taxonomic reclassifications on macroecological patterns of plant diversity. This EU-funded project relies on data-intensive research methods to integrate massive volumes of digital data of historical species discoveries and reclassifications.
TAXON-TIME [H2020-MSCA-IF-2018-843234] is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action led by Juliana Stropp, based at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales in collaboration with University of Luxemburg, and funded by EU H2020 framework program.
I am a biogeographer and community ecologist, working as scientific researcher at the Department of Biogeography and Global Change of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC).
I am also external professor of the Postgraduate Course on Ecology and Evolution of the Universidade Federal de Goiás, scientific collaborator of cE3c – Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes of the Universidade de Lisboa, and member of eBryo – Research Group on Experimental Bryology.