Wetlands are pressured by a myriad of climate and land-use stressors, like increased temperatures, water extraction and excessive nutrient enrichment. Large-scale restoration is necessary to reverse ongoing degradation and ensure these systems continue to provide important ecosystem functions for nature and society.
My PhD project centers around socio-ecological resilience, i.e. the capacity of an ecosystem and its people to maintain functioning and recover from perturbations. I will approach European wetland restoration from an interdisciplinary angle, combining both ecology and sociology. I expect to use a combination of research methods, including remote sensing, experimental work, field surveys and semi-structured interviews. I am especially interested in understanding the interactions among environmental drivers and community engagement as they contribute to a safe operating space for European wetlands.