Ecosystem services through restoration

Improving restoration outcomes through trait-based modelling

Photo by Cristina E. Ramalho, 2010

Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTEs) appear to be among the ecosystems that are most at risk to multiple global change, which are likely to exacerbate the contemporary decline of ecosystem services (ESs). Ecosystem restoration projects increasingly aim at improving multiple ESs, and therefore we require a fundamental understanding of the link between ecosystem composition, related functions and ESs, and influencing environmental drivers. Species traits have been recognised as a quantifiable link between ecosystem composition and ecosystem functions, which provide the base for the provision of ESs. Trait-based research, however, that addresses trade-offs among multiple ESs under the impact of multiple environmental factors to reliably support future restoration outcomes is still missing.

The project aims at assessing the linkage between plant traits and the provision of ESs and trade-offs among them under the impact of environmental change to improve future restoration outcomes in MTEs. Therefore, a simulation model that links ecosystem composition described by its traits, ecosystem functions, and the provision of ESs of MTEs will be developed in close cooperation with study sites in MTEs world-wide. Species assemblages towards multiple ES provisioning will be detected that minimise trade-offs among ESs taking account of environmental change.

Funded by DFG (282567997)

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Sebastian Fiedler
PhD student

I am a doctoral student in the research group “Biodiversity/Theoretical Ecology” at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany, I am applying simulation modelling and empirical approaches to assist restoration of degraded ecosystems people and animals rely on for their well-being.

Posts

My experiences while staying at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel

My experiences while staying at Ghent University in Belgium

The role of plant traits in determining trade-offs among ecosystem services across Mediterranean-type ecosystems: integrating empirical …

Presenting my work at the conference of the Ecological Society of Australia

Presenting my work at the conference of the European Society for Ecological Restoration

Presenting my work at the joint conference of BES, GFÖ and NecoV

Field trip to large scale restoration experiment in SW Australia

Field trip to large scale restoration experiment in SW Australia

Presenting my work at the conference of the European Ecological Society for Ecological Restoration

Publications

A global ecological restoration agenda has led to ambitious programs in environmental policy to mitigate declines in biodiversity and …