Maria Blasi Romero

Doctoral Student

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Agricultural Sciences

Keywords

  • Ecosystem services, Pollinators, Biodiversity, Land-use , Model transferability, Pollinators modeling, uncertainty, Extreme events

Research

Insect pollinators play a very important role in the ecosystem and in crop food production. However, agricultural intensification and climate change are two of the main drivers of pollinators decline around the world. During my PhD, I look at effects that land use has on the abundance of bumblebees across space and time by developing models to try to find common processes driving pollinator densities across Europe; I study the effects that climate extreme events can have in bee population dynamics and ecosystem services; and I look at historical bee phenology patterns across Sweden.

In my PhD I combine the use of field observations of bumblebees, long term museum and citizen data, with statistical modeling, spatial explicit modeling, and Bayesian networks.

The current environmental policy problems require strong evidence-based modelling to support decisions, and this project will contribute towards this goal.

 

I did my undergraduate studies Biology at the University of Barcelona and I have a MSc in Conservation Biology from Lund University. Before I started my PhD I worked as a field assistant for Lund University and the University of Agricultural Science in Sweden (SLU), and I worked on the evaluation of datasets on Protected Areas in the Mediterranean basin for the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN).