Large-scale biodiversity models are key to understand and predict the impact of human pressures on biodiversity, yet are often limited by computational and data demands. Species-area relationships (SAR), often used to predict species extinctions due to habitat loss, can be applied across spatial scales using relatively little input data. However, human pressures other than land use (e.g. hunting) that may have significant impacts on biodiversity are not yet routinely included in SAR-based models. This project aims to integrate different anthropogenic pressures in a SAR-based model framework to quantify their combined effects on extinction risks of various taxonomic groups.
We provide a disciplinary and multidisciplinary research programme aimed at advanced understanding of environmental problems and advanced training of PhD candidates in this field.