Ground-nesting bees & Evidence-based conservation

Research

Ground-nesting wild bee survival in disturbed soils: towards a more evidence-based conservation

Translocated spring mining bee (Colletes cunicularius)

In this project, I will synthesize the current knowledge of ground-nesting wild bee survival after soil disturbance and use experimental studies to further increase the knowledge on ground-nesting wild bees. In a field experiment, the effects of tillage in flower strips, one of the currently most important conservation measures for wild bees will be analysed. Further, methods available for wild bee translocation will be improved and the establishment of ground-nesting bee communities in a new location will be investigated. In the last part of this project, I will link my results to conservation and identify how practitioners look for scientific evidence and what they perceive as relevant to inform their actions, such as the for the conservation of wild bees.

The project will last from 2021 till 2026 and is funded by the ‘Ministry Of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg’ in the light of the Margarete-von-Wrangell Habilitationprogram; Link to University of Freiburg.


BEATLE: Evaluating agricultural and food policies leading to transformation pathways towards a biodiversity-friendly landuse and food system

In the project BEATLE we aim at improving the link between ecological and economic knowledge by quantifying the impact of conservation measures on biodiversity and integrating them into economic models. BEATLE stands for ‘Evaluating agricultural and food policies leading to transformation pathways towards a biodiversity-friendly land-use and food system’ (the acronym is derived from the German title). The project will generate knowledge on how policy and society can achieve a transformation towards a biodiversity friendly land-use and food system. Researchers and practitioners collaborate to develop transformation scenarios and to assess them based on model simulations. The scenarios will reflect both national and local narratives and consider options of different agricultural and food policy instruments at the EU and national scale.

The project will last from 2022 till 2027 and is funded by the ‘German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’, as part of a socio-ecological junior research group funding.

Faktencheck Artenvielfalt (fact-checking biodiversity)

In the project “Faktencheck Artenvielfalt” (fact-checking biodiversity), part of the initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to sustain biodiversity, we will assess and synthesize the current knowledge about declining diversity in different ecosystems in Germany. We will further identify drivers responsible for the decline and measures to halt and reverse the decline. Our aim is to provide a national assessment about biodiversity in Germany.The Chair Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology at the University of Freiburg is responsible for the coordination of the chapter about biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. This work will directly follow up on the statement funded and published by the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina: “Biodiversity and Management of Agricultural Landscapes”.

The project will last from 2021 till 2026 and is funded by the ‘German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’, as part of their research initiative to maintain biodiversity (FEdA).

Link to the University of Freiburg and the official Webpage of FEdA