The main goal of the Professorship of Ecological Services (PES) is to establish a research and teaching program to understand the societal relevance of ecosystem services given global change scenarios. For stimulating high practical relevance we embed the research on ecosystem services in “real” decision contexts. Study regions have been in Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, Tajikistan and Ethiopia.
Research fields on ecosystem services (ES)
The research program does focus on spatial-temporal models of the supply of and demand for ecosystem services. We want to investigate the complex of human decision-making, resulting land use/cover, biodiversity and ecosystem services given scenarios of climate change, market change and policy development. We investigate this in an interdisciplinary manner at the interface of the environmental system and the human system. The teaching program shall equip students with knowledge and methods to address complex environmental problems in science and practice from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. The group offers courses mainly for the MSc Global Change Ecology and the MSc Geoecology. These include Ecosystem Services, Globalization of Economies and the Environment, Land Use and Land Cover, Environmental Finance, Research at the Natural and Social Science Interface and Life Cycle Assessment.
The Professorship of Ecological Services is financially supported by the Bavarian Elite Network M.Sc. Graduate Program Global Change Ecology (GCE) and member of the BAYreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BAYCEER).