Effect of land-use change on biodiversity and related ecosystem services

PhD project of Elisabeth Prangel, supervisor Aveliina Helm

Project duration: 2017-2021

Project focuses on effects of land-use change on biodiversity and on provision of important ecosystem services. One focus point of the project is to assess possible time lags in the dynamics of ecosystem service provision. Study will be mostly carried out on semi-natural grassland communities and agricultural landscapes that has undergone large changes during past century. Information obtained during the project will improve our ability to create well-functioning landscapes supporting biodiversity and maintaining viable ecosystem services.