sLandServ - Linking Landscape Structure to Ecosystem Services

First meeting: 11.-15.12.2017

Jonathan Rhodes
Jean Paul Metzger

iDiv members:
Ralf Seppelt
Anna Cord
Lukas Egli

Project summary:
Anthropogenic landscape change is one of the most pervasive impacts on the natural environment. The resulting changes in landscape structure (i.e., composition and configuration of landscapes) has profound consequences for biodiversity, ecosystem function and the ecosystem services that humans depend upon. Fortunately, we have a rich theoretical and empirical basis for understanding how changes in landscape structure affect biodiversity. Yet, understanding the role of landscape structure for ecosystem service provision is still in its infancy. To develop better insights for sustainability, a more complete understanding of how landscape structure drives ecosystem service supply, demand and benefits is required. This working group will address this challenge by developing a new predictive framework for how landscape structure affects ecosystem service provision that is explicit about how spatial socio-ecological processes generate ecosystem service benefits. First we will generate new testable hypotheses about the effect of changes in landscape structure on the spatial structure of ecosystem service supply and demand. Then, by integrating a socio-ecological network approach to represent landscape connections between areas of supply and demand, new insights into the relationships between landscape structure and ecosystem service provision will be delivered. Using empirical data, spatial models and network theory we will then test the hypotheses derived from the framework and identify the implications for trade-offs among ecosystem services and environmental policy. The outputs of this working group will generate new perspectives for ecosystem service science and provide much needed theory and predictive models for understanding ecosystem service provision at landscape scales.

In person participants:
Örjan Bodin (Stockholm University), L. Roman Carrasco (National University of Singapore), Anna Cord  (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ), Lukas Egli (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ), Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton), Marie-Josee Fortin (University of Toronto), Laura Graham (University of Southampton), Martine Maron (The University of Queensland), Jean Paul Metzger (University of Sao Paulo), Matthew Mitchell (University of British Columbia), Jonathan Rhodes (The University of Queensland), Barbara Schroeter (Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) , Ralf Seppelt (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)

Remote Participants:
Elena Bennett (McGill University), Wolfgang Weisser (TU München)

Meeting report

Second meeting: 02.-06.07.2018

Anna Cord (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ); Lukas Egli (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UfZ); Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton); Pedro Fidelman (University of Queensland); Marie-Josee Fortin (University of Toronto); Laura Graham (University of Southampton); Camila Celestino Hohlenwerger (University of São Paulo); Martine Maron (The University of Queensland); Jean Paul Metzger (University of Sao Paulo); Matthew Mitchell (University of British Columbia); Jonathan Rhodes (University of Queensland); Claudia Sattler (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)); Barbara Schröter (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)); Ralf Seppelt (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)

Meeting report


Metzger, JP, Fidelman, P, Sattler, C, et al. (2020) Connecting governance interventions to ecosystem services provision: A social‐ecological network approach. People and Nature. See here.

Schröter, B., Sattler, C., Metzger, J. et al. (2023) Exploring the role of boundary work in a social-ecological synthesis initiative. J Environ Stud Sci. See here

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