The main focus of Cibele’s research is food landscapes, the management of ecosystem services and biodiversity, and their resilience over time.
During the last year, she has developed methods to assess resilience (through response diversity) of food production landscapes at multiple scales. Additionally, Cibele has a research coordination role in a scientific exchange program between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University, funded by the Swedish Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.
As a postdoctoral researcher, Cibele worked with the assessment of bundles of ecosystem services using social-ecological indicators for assessing multiple services in the Norrström basin and in Kristianstad Vattenriket in Sweden. During her Ph.D studies, she studied the abandonment of farming practices and how different indicators such as species richness, functional diversity and ecosystem services respond to such abandonment trends in mountain areas in Northwest Portugal. Furthermore, she reviewed and assessed impacts of abandonment on biodiversity in a global context.
Cibele is a member of PECS (Program for Ecosystem Change and the Society) and has also been actively involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, where she co-authored several chapters. She collaborates with the NatCap project group, Stanford University, and the EAT platform. Additionally, she is involved in several other international projects.
Research news | 2018-06-12
Questions around the popular ecosystem services framework and nature’s contribution to people has hit a nerve
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
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How research can catch up with rapid environmental change
2018 - Journal / article
A recent paper by Díaz et al. (2018 a ) presented “nature’s contributions to people,” a conceptual framework developed within the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The authors wrote that it could nurture a paradigm shift from the concept of ecosystem services. The paper has sparked quick reactions including a critical editorial response in the journal Ecosystem Services...
2017 - Journal / article
Food lies at the heart of both health and sustainability challenges. We use a social-ecological framework to illustrate how major changes to the volume, nutrition and safety of food systems between 1961 and today impact health and sustainability. These changes have almost halved undernutrition while doubling the proportion who are overweight. They have also resulted in reduced resilience of the biosphere, pushing four out of s...
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...