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). 
  • How species and ecosystems contribute to selected ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

Latest news

12 November 2021
Agriculture and conservation objectives do not have to be at odds

Crop and livestock production are among the main drivers of biodiversity loss globally. Due to the ever-increasing demand of land for food production, reverting global biodiversity decline and feeding the world is one of the greatest challenges of our time. A new study finds that integrating food production and biodiversity conservation within a single spatial planning framework can minimize these trade-offs to the benefit of both nature and people.  More

05 November 2021
Mapping foodscapes to future-proof global food production systems

A project to build a map of the world’s diverse food production systems and their dependencies is helping form a better understanding of the crucial elements and necessary transformative actions that govern agricultural systems, now and in the future.  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., Latawiec, A.E., Balmford, A., Brooks, T.M., Butchart, S.H.M., Chazdon, R.L., Erb, K.-H., Brancalion, P., Buchanan, G., Cooper, D., Díaz, S., Donald, P.F., Kapos, V., Leclere, D., Miles, L., Obersteiner, M. , Plutzar, C., de M. Scaramuzza, C.A., Scarano, F.R., & Visconti, P. (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., Kingston, N., Lewis, E., Maron, M., Strassburg, B.B.N., Wenger, A., Jonas, H.D., Venter, O., & Watson, J.E.M. (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., & Visconti, P. (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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