Jonathan David Kennedy
Research and Collections
Gothersgade 130, 1123 København K
My research aims to understand the driving factors that underlie formation and maintenance of global biodiversity gradients, with a specific focus on birds. To achieve this I generate species-level phylogenetic, distributional and eco-morphological datasets at macro scales, which I then analyse using comparative approaches. Through this work, I attempt to address several major research questions at the forefront of the fields of macroecology and macroevolution: (1) why does species diversity vary so extensively in geographic space, and across the tree of life, (2) what is the role of dispersal in determining rates of lineage diversification, and (3) how has phenotypic diversity originated and evolved through time. All of my research efforts are built on the foundation of using state of the art technological and methodological approaches to derive unique data from natural history collections. My current research fellowship, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation, represents a collaboration between the Zoological Museum and DANFIX (Danish Technical University), from which I aim to generate 3D images of a large sample of museum specimens. Novel phenotypic data of skeletal morphological from these images will enable comparative evolutionary analyses at an unprecedented level of detail, providing the perfect to showcase of the power of natural history collections to further understand the evolution of biological diversity in the digital age.