Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Ecology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences



Riccardo Bommarco


Senior extension lecturer


Telephone: (+46) 018-672423
Room: 1107


Department of Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA

Research interests

My research interest lies in exploring the landscape ecology of insects and plants in agricultural landscapes. I am interested in how land use, landscape structure, and conservation efforts affect the distribution and dynamics of biodiversity, with particular focus on organisms that deliver ecosystem services to us. In this context I examine the community ecology, population ecology and functioning of predators that provide us with biological control of agricultural pest insects, and of flower visiting insects (such as bumble bees, solitary bees, hover flies, and butterflies) that pollinate crop and wild flowers. I participate in interdisciplinary collaborations that aim to translate the attained ecological information, into support for policies and suggestions for future land use management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Research team and resources

I am part of a research team working on these issues. Read more about our resources and activities here: Ecosystem services and conservation research team

Undergraduate thesis opportunities

Do you want to do your undergraduate thesis with us? Read more here.

Other missions

Handling editor for Oecologia.

Lead author in IPBES.

Chair Plant Protection Platform SLU

Publications - some favourites (full list here)

Rundlöf M, GKS Andersson, R Bommarco, I Fries, V Hederström, L Herbertsson, O Jonsson, BK Klatt, TR Pedersen, J Yourstone, HG Smith. 2015. Seed coating with a neonicotinoid insecticide negatively affects wild bees. Nature in press doi:10.1038/nature14420

Gagic V, I Bartomeus, T Jonsson, A Taylor, C Winqvist, Ch Fischer, EM Slade, I Steffan-Dewenter, M Emmerson, SG Potts, T Tscharntke, W Weisser, R Bommarco. 2015. Functional identity and diversity of animals predict ecosystem functioning better than species-based indices. Proceedings of the Royal Society B in press

Rusch A, K Birkhofer, R Bommarco, H G Smith, B Ekbom. 2015. Predator body sizes and habitat preferences predict predation rates in an agroecosystem. Basic and Applied Ecology in press

Rundlöf M., A.S. Persson, H.G. Smith, R. Bommarco 2014. Late-season mass-flowering red clover increases bumble bee queen and male densities. Biological conservation 172:138-145.

Jonsson M., R. Bommarco, B. Ekbom, H.G. Smith, J. Bengtsson, B. Caballero-Lopez, C. Winqvist, O. Olsson. 2014. Ecological production functions for biological control services in agricultural landscapes. Methods in ecology and evolution 5:243-252.

Bartomeus I., S.G. Potts, I. Steffan-Dewenter, B.E. Vaissière, M. Woyciechowski, K.M. Krewenka, T. Tscheulin, S.P.M. Roberts, H. Szentgyörgyi, C. Westphal, R. Bommarco. 2014. Contribution of insect pollinators to crop yield and quality varies with agricultural intensification. PeerJ doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.184v1

Marini L., E. Öckinger, K-O. Bergman, B. Jauker, J. Krauss, M. Kuussaari, J. Pöyry, H.G. Smith, I. Steffan-Dewenter, R. Bommarco. 2014. Contrasting effects of habitat area and connectivity on evenness of pollinator communities. Ecography 37:544-551.

Garibaldi, L.A., et al. 2013. Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey-bee abundance. Science 339(6127):1608-1611.

Lundin O., Smith H.G., Rundlöf M., Bommarco R. 2013. When ecosystem services interact - crop pollination benefits depend on the level of pest control. Proceedings of the Royal society B 280: 20122243 doi:

Bommarco R., Kleijn D., Potts S.G. 2013. Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28:230 – 238.

Marini L., Bruun H.H., Heikkinen R.K., Helm A., Honnay O., Krauss J., Kühn I., Lindborg R., Pärtel M., Bommarco R. 2012. Traits related to species persistence and dispersal explain changes in plant communities subjected to habitat loss. Diversity and Distributions 18:898-908.

Bommarco R., O. Lundin, H.G. Smith & M. Rundlöf. 2012. Drastic historic shifts in bumble bee community composition in Sweden. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:309-315.

Winqvist C., J. Bengtsson, T. Aavik, F. Berendse, L.W. Clement, S. Eggers, Ch. Fischer, A. Flohre, F. Geiger, J. Liira, T. Pärt, C. Thies, T. Tscharntke, W.W. Weisser, R. Bommarco. 2011. Mixed effects of organic farming and landscape complexity on farmland biodiversity and biological control potential across Europe. Journal of applied Ecology 48:570-579.

Bommarco R., F. Miranda, H. Bylund & Ch. Björkman. 2011. Insecticides suppress natural enemies and increase pest damage in cabbage. Journal of Economic Entomology 104:782-791.

Öckinger E., Schweiger O., Crist T., Debinski D., Krauss J., Kuussaari M., Petersen J., Pöyry J., Settele J., Summerville K., Bommarco R. 2010. Life-history traits predict species responses to habitat area and isolation – A cross-continental synthesis. Ecology Letters. 13: 969–979.

Bommarco R., Lönn M., Danzer U., Pålsson K-J, Torstensson P. 2010. Genetic and phenotypic differences between thistle populations in response to habitat and weed management practices. Biological Journal of the Linnean society. 99:797-807.

Kuussaari M., Bommarco R., Heikkinen R.K., Helm A., Krauss J., Lindborg R., Öckinger E., Pärtel M., Pino J., Roda F., Stefanescu C., Teder T., Zobel M., Steffan-Dewenter I. Extinction debt: a challenge for biodiversity conservation. 2009. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 24:564-571.



Research team and resources

Ecosystem services and conservation research team

Ongoing research projects

Multifunctional Agriculture: Harnessing Biodiversity for Sustaining Agricultural Production and Ecosystem Services - SAPES

Habitat restoration in fragmented landscapes: effects on biodiversity - RESTORE

Assessment and valuation of pest suppression potential through biological control in European agricultural landscapes - APPEAL

Crop pollination

Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecofunctional intensification - LIBERATION 

Rural development through governance of multifunctional agricultural land use - MULTAGRI

Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops - ECODEAL

Ended research projects

Status and trends of European pollinators - STEP

Securing the conservation of biodiversity across scales - SCALES

Pollination and pest control in organic clover - CLOVER

Effects on biodiversity of land use change and fragmentation - COCONUT

The landscape ecology of pollinating insects - ALARM

Effects of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture - AGRIPOPES 

PhD-students (main advisor)

Sandra Lindström
Pernilla Borgström
Audrey St-Martin
Laura Riggi

Post doctoral fellows

Alva Curtsdotter


Riikka Kaartinen (postdoc 2013-2015)
Vesna Gagic
  (postdoc 2012-2015)
Ignasi Bartomeus
 (postdoc 2012-2014)
Ola Lundin
 (PhD 2009-2013)
Adrien Rusch (postdoc 2011-2012)
Maj Rundlöf (postdoc 2009-2011)
Lorenzo Marini  (postdoc 2010-2011)
Erik Öckinger (postdoc 2007-2008) 
Camilla Winqvist (PhD 2007-2011)


Page updated: 2015-10-04. Page editor:

SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has its main locations in Alnarp, Skara, Umeå and Uppsala.
Tel: +46 18-67 10 00 • Fax: +46 18-67 20 00  • VAT nr: SE202100281701  • About the website
Web content: page editor or • Technical problems: