Conservation biology is an applied research discipline that provides ecological knowledge that can help to solve problems related to nature conservation, and especially the maintenance of biodiversity. It links to various branches of ecological research and addresses issues at the levels of genes, populations, communitiesand ecosystems.
The research at the unit embraces a variety of different organisms with a special focus on bryophytes, lichens and insects.
At the unit we work primarily with projects related to topical questions in today’s land-use, especially directed towards forestland. Examples of approaches are metapopulation modelling, cost-efficiency analyses, and various analyses of species communities. Applied research questions that are addressed include impact of forest residue harvest and stump harvest on biodiversity, vegetation effects from introducing exotic tree species, extinction risk of lichens and beetles associated with ancient oak pastures, and efficiency of tree retention measures in forestry.