About the project
My research focuses on the modeling of pollinators in agricultural landscapes across spatial scales in our current time, making predictions for future events, and exploring patterns of the past.
Insect pollinators play a very important role in the ecosystem and in crop food production. However, agricultural intensification and climate change are two of the main drivers of pollinators decline around the world. During my PhD, I look at effects that land use has on the abundance of bumblebees across space and time by developing models to try to find common processes driving pollinator densities across Europe; I study the effects that climate extreme events can have in bee population dynamics and ecosystem services; and I look at historical bee phenology patterns across Sweden.
In my PhD I combine the use of field observations of bumblebees, long term museum and citizen data, with statistical modeling, spatial explicit modeling, and Bayesian networks.
The current environmental policy problems require strong evidence-based modelling to support decisions, and this project will contribute towards this goal.
You can follow me on Twitter for project updates at @mariablasi_
I did my undergraduate studies Biology at the University of Barcelona and I have a MSc in Conservation Biology from Lund University. Before I started my PhD I worked as a field assistant for Lund University and the University of Agricultural Science in Sweden (SLU), and I worked on the evaluation of datasets on Protected Areas in the Mediterranean basin for the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN).
I am member of the External Relations Group at the Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS). The primary aim of the group is to stimulate an exchange of ideas, identify knowledge gaps and improve possibilities for training and capacity building in relation to ecosystem service science and practice. This network aims to achieve actual co-operation, explore ideas for innovative research and to gain experience in critical thinking and science communication. https://www.es-partnership.org/services/networking/young-es-specialists-yess/
I love outreach events and getting involved in bringing science to the general public. I have also been collaborating in a science outreach blog Crónicas de un Amonite (cronicasdeunamonite.wordpress.com/author/mariablasi).
I started my PhD studies in April 2017, and I am part of the research environment BECC and at the Uncertainty and Evidence Lab. I have been part of ClimBEco Graduate Research School (2017–2019) and BIOECONOMY Graduate Research School (2017–2018).
Biodiversity, Pollination, Land use, Extreme events, Ecosystem services, Uncertainty, Model transferability
Yann Clough, Professor at Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC)
Ullrika Sahlin, Researcher at Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC)
Anna Maria Jönsson, Professor at Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science