Prof. Meelis Pärtel


Leader of the macroecology workgroup, Professor of Botany
meelis.partel[at]ut.ee

My main research topic is macroecology of biodiversity. I am trying to look beyond the borders of the existing paradigm. I'm studying evolutionary and landscape history of ecological communities, elaborating new theories, methods and approaches. I have been intrigued by linking large- and small-scale processes with biodiversity, especially the species pool concept globally but also the effect of spatial heterogeneity. Besides taxonomic diversity, I have worked with genetic, functional, phylogenetic and below-ground diversity. My research themes have been global plant communities, but especially grasslands in different continents. In addition to leading the workgroup I am member of the Estonian Research Council and I serve as editor for Journal of Vegetation Science, Applied Vegetation Science and Oecologia.

I am the principal investigator in target financing grant "Aspects of biodiversity in plants: links to large- and small-scale processes" (2008-2013), Estonian Science Foundation grant "Plant diversity, species coexistence and environmental heterogeneity: challenging the existing paradigm" (2010-2013), and I'm participating in scientific projects of European Union ECOCHANGE and SCALES. See my CV and publication list ETIS (Estonian Research Portal).