My main research interest is in the combination of landscape ecology and conservation biology. In my research I work with biodiversity and ecosystem services and how these can be conserved and promoted in agricultural landscapes. During the PhD focus was on the influence of organic farming on farmland biodiversity, such as butterflies, bumblebees, birds and plants, and whether the effect of organic farming differs depending on landscape heterogeneity and proportion of organic farming at a landscape scale.
As a post doc the focus has shifted towards the services that the farmland biodiversity provides, mainly pollination and biological control. The majority of my post doc research has been conducted in the Clover project, on pollination and biological control in red clover seed production, but also in the Swedish project SAPES, on sustainable agriculture for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the EU-project STEP (Status and Trends of European Pollinators). In the SAPES project results from the empirical work are used to for example model landscape determined pollination services. In the STEP project I am for example investigating measures to promote the insects, mainly honeybees, bumble bees and other wild bees, which perform the majority of the pollination service.
Bommarco, R., Lundin, O., Smith, H.G., Rundlöf, M. Drastic historic shifts in bumble bee community composition in Sweden. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences (in press).