Personal profile


I am a landscape ecologist with a solid background in biodiversity and pollinators. I have a great interest in understanding current environmental challenges and their interaction with biodiversity, to support nature protection and human wellbeing.

I am currently working on the project BIOSAT: Mitigating negative effects of land-use intensity in small-scale land-sparing strategies for farmland biodiversity conservation. The project aims to investigate the extent to which the biodiversity conservation value of semi-natural grasslands is affected by the intensity of agricultural land use in surrounding landscapes, and if any negative impact of intensive land use is moderated by local grassland quality and/or landscape structure. To find out, we combine remote sensing tools, modeling, and an extensive fieldwork season to 45 Swedish pastures in Scania to collect biodiversity data on flowering plants, bumblebees, solitary bees, and hoverflies.

In my PhD (2017-2021), I studied the effects of climate change and land use change on wild bees. I looked at historical bee phenology patterns across Sweden, developed models to try to find common processes driving pollinator densities across Europe, and studied the effects that climate extreme events can have on bee population dynamics and ecosystem services. During my PhD, I combined the use of field observations of bumblebees, long-term museum, and citizen data, with statistical modeling and spatially explicit modeling.

I have been teaching about landscape ecology, international conventions on biodiversity, and ecosystem functions and services at the Master Course "Conservation Biology" from Lund University (during 2017-2021).

I have previously worked on projects in both academic and non-academic environments, including the University of Agricultural Science in Sweden (SLU), Lund University, and the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN), where I focused on terrestrial protected areas in the Mediterranean basin.

I also enjoy being involved in outreach and teaching activities, as well as having fruitful collaborations with the Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS) network and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), organizing Science-Policy discussions, and writing reports.

I have a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Lund University, I did my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain), and I have a MSc in Conservation Biology from Lund University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

UKÄ subject classification

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Agricultural Sciences

Free keywords

  • Ecosystem services
  • Pollinators
  • Biodiversity
  • land cover and land use
  • Model transferability
  • Ecological modelling
  • Ecology
  • Extreme events
  • Remote sensing
  • Climate Change
  • Pastures
  • grasslands
  • Landscape ecology


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