The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded EUR 2.8 million in funding to the project “Towards a unified spatial theory of biodiversity – SPATIODIVERSITY”. The project, led by a team at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), will investigate factors allowing species to co-exist in biodiversity-rich zones such as grasslands and coral reefs. Research results will contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
The ERC grants system supports scientists undertaking inventive frontier research. The team’s approach will be based on the spatial distribution of species, an area which has not yet been fully investigated before.