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Study regions. A lot of our research takes place in the Swedish rural landscape which surrounds us. Ancient meadows and pastures in Europe are among the most species-rich habitats in the world at the small scale, and we think that makes them worth researching. We also work in Swedish wetlands and the Stockholm archipelago. Further afield, we work in forests across much of Europe as part of the FLEUR network, East-African coastal areas and a Tanzanian national park. A common problem shared by all our study areas is the negative effects of changes in land use and climate during the 20th century.


Landscapes and land-use history. We use GIS, aerial photographs, historical maps and other archives, interviews and more to gain a full understanding of our study landscapes and how this can affect their ecology. We believe it is important to work on large spatial and temporal scales, especially in rural areas where history is so embedded in the landscape.


Biodiversity and movement. A lot of our work involves the investigation of which species are present in a landscape or habitat, with a focus on biodiversity and the presence of specialist species. Species richness can be used to gauge the respones of core habitats to changes in management and land use, as well as to assess the value of small and marginal habitats to the landscape in terms of diversity and connectivity. We also study the effects of land use and management on the movement of organisms in time and space.


Ecosystem services and management. We are increasingly working with the concept of ecosystem services. At the moment we are involved in the study of pollination services, nutrient uptake, decomposition, recreation and tourism. We are heavily involved in the cross-disciplinary project EkoKlim, which is a cooperation between several science departments at Stockholm University looking at the effect of climate and land use change on ecosystem services.