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Biodiversity and Conservation Science

The Biodiversity and Conservation Science research group aims to increase knowledge of the consequences of climate and habitat change for different species.

Human activities lead to changed conditions for humans as well as plants and animals. The climate changes and what was a good environment for a population to live in can suddenly be a bad environment. In return, better conditions can arise elsewhere, which can lead to migration.

We study the reasons behind this pattern and its consequences. What is required for successful migration and what is required to adapt to a new habitat? We examine the effects on biodiversity and on various ecosystem services, such as pollination and carbon uptake.

We do both basic and applied research. For us, this combination is the best way to understand how modern agriculture and forestry affect the sustainability of populations and the conditions for different parts of the ecosystem.

Conservation and production

An important part of our research is to understand how the benefits of different strategies relate to each other. In this way, we increase our understanding of how nature conservation is best integrated with production in agriculture and forestry.

This increases our knowledge of ecosystems, conservation objectives and the ability of populations to recover when conditions and habitats change.

Group leader

Henrik Smith