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 | 2017-04-25
Special issue in the journal Ecology & Society on the sustainable stewardship of social-ecological systems
Research news | 2017-03-10
Multifunctional landscapes can counter equity problems connected to agricultural intensification
Research news | 2015-08-11
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
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...
2016 - Journal / article
In human dominated landscapes many diverse, and often antagonistic, human activities are intentionally and inadvertently determining the supply of various ecosystem services. Understanding how different social and ecological factors shape the availability of ecosystem services is essential for fair and effective policy and management. In this paper, we evaluate how well alternative social-ecological models of human impact on e...
2016 - Journal / article
Although it is generally recognized that global biodiversity is declining, few studies have examined long-term changes in multiple biodiversity dimensions simultaneously. In this study, we quantified and compared temporal changes in the abundance, taxonomic diversity, functional diversity, and phylogenetic diversity of bird assemblages, using roadside monitoring data of the North American Breeding Bird Survey from 1971 to 2010...
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...