In particular, Cibele studies the measurement and mapping of ecosystem services and functional diversity and the use of social-ecological traits as a tool for assessing multiple ecosystem services. She is currently conducting a mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in the Norström basin in Sweden.
In her Ph.D studies Cibele studied agricultural landscapes and how these can be managed for biodiversity and ecosystem services. She was particularly studying the abandonment of farming practices as a driver of biodiversity change and how different indicators such as species richness, functional diversity and ecosystem services respond to such abandonment trends. Although her main focus was on European landscapes (particularly Serra da Peneda, a mountain area in Northwest Portugal), she also assessed impacts of abandonment on biodiversity in a global context.
Research news | 2017-03-10
Multifunctional landscapes can counter equity problems connected to agricultural intensification
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How research can catch up with rapid environmental change
Research news | 2015-04-01
A special issue of AMBIO features 14 scientific articles from the interdisciplinary research project Ekoklim
Research news | 2013-06-27
The controversial outcomes of farmland abandonment
2017 - Journal / article
There is a growing consensus among ecologists and resource managers that we need smarter landscapemanagement through “sustainable intensification”. After all – or so the rhetoric goes – we have a growing population to feed, and more efficient production is an inevitable necessity. Increased food production is sold as a panacea for reducing hunger and providing for the world's burgeoning population. But this argument ignores th...
2015 - Journal / article
The concept of social–ecological systems is useful for understanding the interlinked dynamics of environmental and societal change. The concept has helped facilitate: (1) increased recognition of the dependence of humanity on ecosystems; (2) improved collaboration across disciplines, and between science and society; (3) increased methodological pluralism leading to improved systems understanding; and (4) major policy framework...
2015 - Journal / article
Ecosystem services (ES) is a valuable concept to be used in the planning and management of social–ecological landscapes. However, the understanding of the determinant factors affecting the interaction between services in the form of synergies or trade-offs is still limited. We assessed the production of 16 ES across 62 municipalities in the Norrström drainage basin in Sweden. We combined GIS data with publically available i...
2014 - Journal / article
Farmland abandonment is changing rural landscapes worldwide, but its impacts on biodiversity are still being debated in the scientific literature. While some researchers see it as a threat to biodiversity, others view it as an opportunity for habitat regeneration. We reviewed 276 published studies describing various effects of farmland abandonment on biodiversity and found that a study's geographic region, selected metrics, ...