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The Biomaps Project

The BIOMAPS project

The BIOMAPS project started in the 1990ies when we worked on our first world map of plant species richness (Barthlott et al. 1996). Since then, the project diversified. We continued to map and analyse plant diversity patterns at the global scale. World maps are now available for all major groups of land plants. From 2001 to 2010 we worked within the large BIOTA Africa network [; our subproject W03 on regional to continental scale macroecological and conservation related analyses of African plant diversity in a changing environment. During the last years different macroecological papers focused on the potential threat of climate and landuse change on large scale plant diversity, large scale patterns of plant and animal endemism richness, plant diversity of oceanic islands, or the associations between plant and animal diversity. In 2015, we published a distribution atlas of the entire Cactus family including further macroecological and biogeographical analyses.


Biomaps Project Team

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Barthlott, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

Dr. Jens Mutke, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] (Co-ordination BIOMAPS)

Dr. Daud Rafiqpoor, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] (Biodiversität im Wandel)


Former Members

Dr. Gerold Kier, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]

now at Germanwatch, but still involved in our global scale analyses


Dr. Jan Henning Sommer

since July 2010 at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Univ. of Bonn


Prof. Dr. Holger Kreft

University of Göttingen


Dr. Wolf Küper, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] (BIOTA Africa)


Dr. Sié Sylvestre Da

BIOTA Africa, now at WASCAL project


Dr. Jaime R Garcia-Marquez

BIOTA Africa, now Post Doc at HU Berlin


Dr. Katharina Sabellek

BIOTA Africa, now


Dr. Jan Schnitzler

BIOTA Africa, now Post Doc at the BIK-F, Frankfurt


Laurens Geffert

Globale Laubmoos-Diversität, Kakteen-Atlas, now

PhD student at University of Cambridge& UNEP-WCMC



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