Research line on Land Use and Biodiversity
This research line concentrates on the impacts and causes of land use change in the human-dominated landscapes.
The research includes the effects on the environmental quality, biodiversity and ecosystems of different types of land use such as organic, traditional, industrial and genetically modified farming systems, and specific measures for soil, water and biodiversity conservation and restoration.
On the landscape level, effects of spatial arrangement of semi-natural fragments and small nature reserves on dispersal and population survival are studied.
Finally, evaluation schemes of management and spatial planning are designed and restoration strategies developed. This is often joined with research as to why land managers act the way they do, what actors and motivations are behind these choices and how these may be modified in transition and restoration projects and policies.