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Meghann Mears

Animal and Plant Sciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN, UK

Tel: (0114) 2220059

Research brief: Assessing ecological quality using ecosystem services

Humans have caused enormous damage to the environment through unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. However, in order to achieve an acceptable level of human welfare it is important that ecosystems are managed to provide the benefits required of them, i.e. ecosystem services. If this definition of ecological quality as the ability of ecosystems to provide desired services is accepted, then land managers and policymakers will require tools to assess whether ecosystem service delivery is sustainable.

This PhD project aims to develop ecosystem service-based methodologies for assessing ecological quality, and is part of a White Rose studentship network investigating the environmental and societal effects of large-scale management change. More details about this project can be found on the research page of this website; links to other sites of interest can be found here.