Global Change and Conservation
Interdisciplinary approaches for applied conservation
The global community is striving to counteract the loss of biodiversity in a number of ways. Our principal aim is to investigate successes and failures of these conservation approaches, and apply lessons learned to develop effective conservation strategies from local to global scale. We work with apparently diverse topics (from movement ecology of bats and rats to pollution impacts on indigenous peoples or human-carnivore conflicts) and in disparate settings (from remote Kenyan protected lands to back alleys in the city of Helsinki), yet what unites our research is a truly interdisciplinary approach. Applied conservation is our final aim, yet our work is based on strong fundamental ecological and social research, attending to theoretical and methodological developments. With a research philosophy rooted in integrating mixed methodologies, we focus our efforts on providing policy-relevant science of high societal impact.
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No safe havens - even the most remote coral reefs are unexpectedly at risk from humans
New study from University of Helsinki published today in Nature Communications shows that while distant fish populations on reefs encounter less...
Scientists warn on the dangerous implications of losing Indigenous and Local Knowledge systems
A new study co-led by Dr. Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares from the University of Helsinki highlights the pervasive social and ecological...
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Our work spans a broad range of research themes related to conservation planning and assessments, offering a socio-ecological...
Our group in November 2018 The Global Change and Conservation lab counts currently with 5 senior/postdoctoral researchers, 6 PhD students,...
Highly cited researchers: biology, microbiology and environment
Highly cited researchers of the University of Helsinki in the fields of biology and environmental science.
We are part of the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Program in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University...