Training Course on Ecological Niche Modelling and Integration of Large Biodiversity Databases for Macroecological Research


The course will explore the use large scale biodiversity databases for macroecological research. There is now a new emerging e-infrastructure for biodiversity which is making it possible and practical to merge data from large number of distributed sources. Instrumental to such progress is the ability to harmonise content in the integrated database, where use of scientific nomenclature is one of the hardest aspects to deal with. This is being solved by linking scientific names of organisms to their underlying taxonomic concepts, and automatic processing of their globally unique identifiers. This is the topic of an existing joint NordForsk project of the Nordic nodes of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
During the course the students will explore the utility of the new e-infrastructure and integrate the available Nordic databases of butterflies and moths. That unique integrated resource will be used to study the impact of climate change to the butterfly and moth fauna. The teachers include several world-leading researchers in macroecology whose advise and review of the results will help to build Nordic strength in this important topic.


13 people. Attendees include 1-3 students from each of the Nordic countries, 10 trainees of the Digitisation Centre, and 5 teachers. The students are ideally at post graduate level, or are in the middle of their M.Sc. thesis preparation. Some experience with GIS tools is a prerequisite.

Contact information 

Prospective students send application to the organiser (Hannu Saarenmaa, hannu.saarenmaa@helsinki.fi, +358-50-4479668) by 21 April 2011.
Include a brief CV, educational history, list of eventual publications, and brief letter of motivation. It is possible to attend the first or second week only, but reasons for this must be explained. Acceptance to the course will be announced 30 April 2011. Travel costs, accommodation, and per diem will be paid for the accepted attendees.

  • Saarenmaa, Hannu (Chair)