Miguel B. Araújo (Brussels, 1969) obtained an MSc in Conservation (1996) and a PhD in Geography (2000), both from the University College London. He is a Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Évora, while keeping a honorary position at the Imperial College London. In the past, he held faculty or research positions at the Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, the CNRS, and the Natural History Museum in London.
The academic contributions of Prof. Araújo are best characterised by his publication record and by the students and researchers he supervised and mentored (22 post docs and 20 PhD students). Overall, he authored over 200 publications in journals and books and was identified as ‘highly cited‘ scientist by Thomson Reuters (2014, 2015, 2016). In recognition of his work, Prof. Araújo won several prestigious awards, including: the King James I Prize (2016) awarded to researchers who contributed “to the improvement of our ecological environment”; the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2014); the IBS (International Biogeography Society) MacArthur & Wilson Award (2013), given to an individual “for notable, innovative contributions to biogeography at an early stage in their career”; and the GIBIF (Global Information Biodiversity Facility) Ebbe Nielsen Prize (2013) awarded to researchers that “combine biosystematics and biodiversity informatics in an exciting and novel way”. The impact of his research on broad scale biodiversity patterns and climate change appeals broadly, with several papers being regularly featured by the International press, as well as by scientific magazines, such as the National Geographic Magazine, Nature’ Reports on Climate Change, the New Scientist, Science’ New Focus, the Scientific American, and the Scientist.
Miguel Araújo is Editor-in-Chief of Ecography, having served previously as editor of the Journal of Biogeography, Conservation Letters, and Geography Compass. He is also member of the editorial boards of Climate Change Responses, Frontiers of Biogeography, “Natureza & Conservação”.
He also served as Vice-President of the International Biogeography Society, member of the scientific advisory board to the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Natural and Environmental Sciences), and to the scientific committee of DIVERSITAS’ bioDISCOVERY programme. Miguel Araújo contributed to the 2007 4th IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) Assessment Report, for which the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize. He was also involved in several consultancies with governmental organisations, namely producing a report on the effects of climate change on European protected areas for the Council of Europe, and a study on the effects of climate changes on terrestrial Iberian biodiversity for the Spanish and Portuguese governments.
Professor Araújo has been principal researcher in more than 15 research projects, including five large European funded consortiums on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and one international FBBVA project to investigate climate change impacts on Latin America biodiversity. He was awarded €500,000 under the Rui Nabeiro Biodiversity Chair programme sponsored by Delta Coffee to promote higher education and high-level research in biodiversity and global change. Overall he contributed to raise more than €25.000.000 for research projects.
Figure – Collaboration network. The nodes are authors with whom Miguel Aráujo has published at least 4 scientific articles. The size of the nodes is proportional to the sum of citations of these articles and the thickness of the connections represents the number of papers published with each author. The distance to central node is inversely related with the number of articles published in co-authorship, i.e., the closer the nodes to centre the more intense the collaboration.
Miguel B. Araújo is a world leader in the study of climate change effects on biodiversity. His research has been critical to the establishment of current best practices for predicting biodiversity change through time and for assessing the broader consequences of human activities in the natural world. His assessments of climate change effects on biodiversity have influenced public policies from local to global scales. Miguel Araújo also has a wide range of interests in biogeography, conservation planning, and macroecology.