Daniel W. Carstensen        Birds





My Research interests are: Biogeographical patterns and community ecology of birds.

Wallacea is effectively a transition zone between the Oriental and the Australo-New Guinea regions and thus hosts a mix of species from both regions. This mix of species together with an  extraordinary degree of endemism creates a unique avifaunal region (that is surprisingly poorly studied). The region is ideal to test hypotheses on avian species richness patterns, community composition, and island biogeography and to study the importance of biotic interactions on a local scale.