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.

Latest news

01 July 2021
Making the Top 100 in Ecology: the story of a successful research paper

IIASA researcher Florian Hofhansl tells the story of a paper resulting from a decade of research that was recently included in the Top 100 most downloaded ecology papers published in 2020.  More

17 June 2021
Defense of the natural realm

Options Magazine, Summer 2021: At a crucial moment for beleaguered nature, IIASA research is showing that we can reverse biodiversity loss. It will need an effort that is grand in scale and focused where rewards are greatest.  More



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14 Jun 2021 - 24 Jun 2021
IIASA becomes an observer to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

At the eighth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Serv... More




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CONTACT DETAILS

Piero Visconti

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar

Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 427

PUBLICATIONS

Jellesmark, S., Ausden, M., Blackburn, T.M., Gregory, R.D., Hoffmann, M., Massimino, D., McRae, L., & Visconti, P. (2021). A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on UK breeding bird populations. Conservation Biology 10.1111/cobi.13692. (In Press)

Strassburg, B.B.N., Iribarrem, A, Beyer, H.L., Cordeiro, C.L., Crouzeilles, R., Jakovac, C.C., Braga Junqueira, A., Lacerda, E., et al. (2020). Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration. Nature, 1-6. 10.1038/s41586-020-2784-9.

Maxwell, S.L., Cazalis, V., Dudley, N., Hoffmann, M., Rodrigues, A.S.L., Stolton, S., Visconti, P., Woodley, S., et al. (2020). Area-based conservation in the twenty-first century. Nature 586 (7828), 217-227. 10.1038/s41586-020-2773-z.

Jung, M., Dahal, P.R., Butchart, S.H.M., Donald, P.F., De Lamo, X., Lesiv, M. , Kapos, V., Rondinini, C., et al. (2020). A global map of terrestrial habitat types. Scientific Data 7 (1), e256. 10.1038/s41597-020-00599-8.

Visconti, P., Butchart, S., Brooks, T., Langhammer, D., Marnewick, D., Vergara, S., Yanosky, A., & Watson, J. (2019). Protected area targets post-2020. Science 364 (6437), 239-241. 10.1126/science.aav6886.

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