The benefits that humans obtain from ecosystems, known as ecosystem services, are often interrelated, with a change in the supply of one service often associated with a change in the supply of another service. By understanding how and where these ecosystem service relationships are occurring, we can better manage ecosystem service supply to maintain human wellbeing. However, the methods currently used to identify and quantify ecosystem service relationships cannot determine what is driving these relationships to occur. This makes it difficult to predict when and where to expect ecosystem relationships to occur.

Therefore, as landscapes change, this could lead to unexpected decreases in ecosystem service supply that affects human wellbeing. My PhD thesis aims to address this problem by identifying and assessing the dynamics of ecosystem service relationships, the mechanisms driving these relationships, and the implications for policy and planning.

Funding: University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS)
Advisors: Assoc Prof Jonathan RhodesProf Clive McAlpine, Dr Matthew Mitchell

 

Project members

Marie Dade

Marie Dade

PhD candidate