Dr. María R. Felipe-Lucia

Post doc

Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development

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Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
María R. Felipe Lucia
Altenbergrain 21
3013 Bern

Research Interests

I am an ecologist with strong interest on social-ecological research. Topics transversal to my research are related to sustainability sciences, multifunctional landscapes, and how to navigate the compromises between provisioning services, biodiversity conservation and equity.
Most of my research has focused on assessing ecosystem services and biodiversity across gradients of land use intensity. During my PhD I investigated (i) ecosystem services-biodiversity interactions across land use types, (ii) ecosystem services trade-offs and synergies across multiple spatial scales, (iii) social valuation of ecosystem services, (iv) the role of ecological and social interactions that mediate ecosystem services flows, and (v) scenarios modelling for ecosystem services management.
Currently, I am a postdoc in the Synthesis group of the Biodiversity Exploratories, where I study the role of forest multifunctionality driving important ecosystem services and analyse the effects of increasing management intensity on ecosystem services supply.

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Balvanera, Patricia; Calderón-Contreras, Rafael; Castro, Antonio J; Felipe-Lucia, María R; Geijzendorffer, Ilse R; Jacobs, Sander; Martín-López, Berta; Arbieu, Ugo; Speranza, Chinwe Ifejika; Locatelli, Bruno; Pérez Harguindeguy, Natalia; Mercado, Ilse Ruiz; Spierenburg, Marja J; Vallet, Améline; Lynes, Laura; Gillson, Lindsey (2017). Interconnected place-based social–ecological research can inform global sustainability. Current opinion in environmental sustainability, 29, pp. 1-7. Elsevier 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.09.005

González, Eduardo; Felipe-Lucia, Maria R.; Bourgeois, Bérenger; Boz, Bruno; Nilsson, Christer; Palmer, Grant; Sher, Anna A. (2017). Integrative conservation of riparian zones. Biological conservation, 211, pp. 20-29. Elsevier 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.035

Hunter, Malcolm L.; Acuña, Vicenç; Bauer, Dana Marie; Bell, Kathleen P.; Calhoun, Aram J.K.; Felipe Lucia, María R.; Fitzsimons, James A.; González, Eduardo; Kinnison, Michael; Lindenmayer, David; Lundquist, Carolyn J.; Medellin, Rodrigo A.; Nelson, Erik J.; Poschlod, Peter (2017). Conserving small natural features with large ecological roles: A synthetic overview. Biological conservation, 211, pp. 88-95. Elsevier 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.12.020


Palomo, Ignacio; Felipe-Lucia, Maria R.; Bennett, Elena M.; Martín-López, Berta; Pascual, Unai (2016). Disentangling the Pathways and Effects of Ecosystem Service Co-Production. In: Woodward, Guy; Bohan, David (eds.) Ecosystem Services: From Biodiversity to Society, Part 2. Advances in Ecological Research: Vol. 54 (pp. 245-283). Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/bs.aecr.2015.09.003


Felipe-Lucia M.R., B. Martín-López, S. Lavorel, L. Berraquero-Díaz, J. Escalera-Reyes, and F.A. Comín. Ecosystem services flows: why stakeholders’ power relationships matter. Plos One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0132232

Felipe-Lucia, M.R. and F.A. Comín. 2015. Ecosystem services-biodiversity relationships depend on land use type in floodplain agroecosystems. Land Use Policy 46:201-210. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.02.003


Felipe-Lucia, M.R., F.A. Comín, and J. Escalera-Reyes. 2014. A framework for the social valuation of ecosystem services. AMBIO 44:308-318. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-014-0555-2

Felipe-Lucia, M.R., F.A. Comín, and E. M. Bennett. 2014. Interactions among ecosystem services across land uses in a floodplain agroecosystem. Ecology and Society 19(1): 20. DOI: 10.5751/ES-06249-190120