Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation (BEC)

The BEC Group develops and applies state-of-the art ecological knowledge, methods, and tools to understand ecosystem functioning, ecological responses, and feedbacks in coupled social-economic-ecological systems. The group aims to apply this knowledge and tools to investigate appropriate management options to achieve sustainability goals that have ecological implications.

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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. BEC is an interdisciplinary research group that develops and applies state-of-the art ecological knowledge, methods, and tools to understand ecosystem functioning, ecological responses, and feedbacks in coupled social-economic-ecological systems. The group aims to apply this knowledge and tools to investigate appropriate management options to achieve sustainability goals that have ecological implications. 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) at scales from local to global.
  • How species and ecosystems contribute to selected ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

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CONTACT DETAILS

Piero Visconti

Research Group Leader

Biodiversity

Ecology

and Conservation Research Group|Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 427

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PUBLICATIONS

Zhong, H., Feng, K., Sun, L., Tian, Z., Fischer, G., Cheng, L., & Munoz Castillo, R. (2021). Water-land tradeoffs to meet future demands for sugar crops in Latin America and the Caribbean: A bio-physical and socio-economic nexus perspective. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 169, e105510. 10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105510.

Jost, E., Schönhart, M., Skalský, R. , Balkovič, J. , Schmid, E., & Mitter, H. (2021). Dynamic soil functions assessment employing land use and climate scenarios at regional scale. Journal of Environmental Management 287, e112318. 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112318.

Lessa Derci Augustynczik, A. & Yousefpour, R. (2021). Assessing the synergistic value of ecosystem services in European beech forests. Ecosystem Services 49, e101264. 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101264.

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