I'm a transdisciplinary land system scientist with a background in Geography and Ecology. I currently work as a Post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland. My research focuses on biodiversity conservation in (tropical) land systems, aiming at informing policies that improve outcomes for people and nature. Specifically, I work towards understanding spatially explicit trade-offs and co-benefits between biodiversity, ecosystem services, climate, and agricultural productivity and how these are affected by land management practices and the wider land system. I’m passionate about open science, science communication, and collaborations with researchers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds .
Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems
A new article in People and Nature that grew out of discussions at GLP's 2019 Open Science Meeting in Bern looks at what happens after shifting cultivation and finds eight transitions with varied consequences for people and nature.
In this paper, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the authors develop an innovative framework to identify and evaluate leverage points along land-use trajectories that account for path dependency. They apply this to the biodiversity hotspot north-eastern Madagascar, where they identify opportunities for sustainable land-use in fallow-derived vanilla agroforestry.
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters drawing on the insights from two international workshops on archetype analysis and on broader literature to propose a framework that identifies and describes six dimensions of validity.