PhD Candidate for Land Use and Biodiversity
Land use is one of the major drivers of biodiversity loss globally. Quantifying these losses is a major yet vital effort in order to design and underpin conservation measures. The aim of this PhD project is to quantify biodiversity responses to land use across spatial scales, with a focus on vertebrate species. To that end, we will develop a model that integrates habitat suitability mapping with species-area relationships. We will then use this model to back- and forecast species losses and estimate extinction debts based on reconstructions and projections of past and future land use. For verification, we will compare the model outcomes with assessments of the IUCN Red List and Living Planet Index. Eventually, the model developed in this PhD project will be integrated in the GLOBIO 4 model of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, which is routinely used in large-scale biodiversity assessments.
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