The BEC Group develops and applies state-of-the art ecological knowledge, methods, and tools to understand ecosystem functioning, biodiversity change, and feedbacks in coupled social-economic-ecological systems. We use this knowledge to develop management options to achieve biodiversity and sustainability goals
The BEC group is the institute’s hub of applied ecology and conservation research. The group provides the needed ecological and conservation insights to help IIASA promote institutional, demographic, behavioral, technological, social, and economic changes that achieve development goals sustainably.
The group’s key research areas include:
- Ecological responses to natural and anthropogenic drivers of change, for example, land and water management and climate change.
- How to prioritize conservation efforts to maximize positive impacts at scales from local to global (e.g., habitat restoration and conservation, and species management plans).
- How species and ecosystems contribute to selected ecosystem services and human wellbeing.
11 May 2023
Nature is changing as land abandonment increases
22 March 2023
Petr Havlík appointed as Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program Director
01 March 2023
European conservation leaders gather to boost collective dialogue for a Trans-European Nature Network
20 April 2023
2030 nature targets agreed in December may already be slipping out of reach
IIASA researcher Richard Cornford and colleagues discuss the need for urgent action to stop biodiversity declines, and caution that ambitious targets to stop these declines by 2030 may already be slipping out of reach, in an article just published in The Conversation.
28 March 2023
The future of biodiversity monitoring in Europe
16 December 2022
100 times around the world: why you should bike to work
Florian Hofhansl reports on the IIASA Social and Cultural Association (SOCU)’s participation in the 2022 edition of the Lower Austria cycling initiative – Niederösterreich radelt.
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Daskalova, G. & Kamp, J. (2023). Abandoning land transforms biodiversity. Science 380 (6645) 581-583. 10.1126/science.adf1099.
Kortz, A. , Moyes, F., Pivello, V.R., Pyšek, P., Dornelas, M., Visconti, P., & Magurran, A.E. (2023). Elevated compositional change in plant assemblages linked to invasion. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 290 (1998) 10.1098/rspb.2022.2450.
Scolobig, A., Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Pelling, M., Martin, J. , Deubelli, T. , Liu, W. , & Oen, A. (2023). Transformative adaptation through nature-based solutions: a comparative case study analysis in China, Italy, and Germany. Regional Environmental Change 23 (2) e69. 10.1007/s10113-023-02066-7.
Schaap, K.J., Fuchslueger, L., Quesada, C.A., Hofhansl, F. , Valverde-Barrantes, O., Camargo, P.B., & Hoosbeek, M.R. (2023). Seasonal fluctuations of extracellular enzyme activities are related to the biogeochemical cycling of C, N and P in a tropical terra-firme forest. Biogeochemistry 10.1007/s10533-022-01009-4.
Howlett, K., Lee, H.‐Y., Jaffé, A., Lewis, M. , & Turner, E.C. (2023). Wildlife documentaries present a diverse, but biased, portrayal of the natural world. People and Nature 10.1002/pan3.10431. (In Press)
Jellesmark, S., Ausden, M., Blackburn, T.M., Hoffmann, M., McRae, L., Visconti, P., & Gregory, R.D. (2023). The effect of conservation interventions on the abundance of breeding waders within nature reserves in the United Kingdom. Ibis 165 (1) 69-81. 10.1111/ibi.13106.
McCrea, R., King, R., Graham, L., & Börger, L. (2023). Realising the promise of large data and complex models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 14 (1) 4-11. 10.1111/2041-210X.14050.
Cornford, R. , Spooner, F., McRae, L., Purvis, A., & Freeman, R. (2023). Ongoing over-exploitation and delayed responses to environmental change highlight the urgency for action to promote vertebrate recoveries by 2030. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 290 (1997) e20230464. 10.1098/rspb.2023.0464.
Dornelas, M., Chase, J.M., Gotelli, N.J., Magurran, A.E., McGill, B.J., Antão, L.H., Blowes, S.A., Daskalova, G. , Leung, B., Martins, I.S., Moyes, F., Myers-Smith, I.H., Thomas, C.D., & Vellend, M. (2023). Looking back on biodiversity change: lessons for the road ahead. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 378 (1881) e20220199. 10.1098/rstb.2022.0199.