Research within my PhD-project focused on how pollinating insects, mainly solitary bees and bumblebees, are affected by the surrounding landscape. Steep declines in pollinator abundances have been recognised in Western Europe, as well as in other parts of the world. Among other things I study foraging behaviour of bees and use monitoring at a landscape level, as tools to try understanding this decline. The title of my PhD-thesis was “Effects of landscape context on populations of bumblebees”. It was presented in May 2011. It was financed by FORMAS and supervised by Prof. Henrik Smith and assistant supervisor Ola Olsson, Lund University.
I am also interested in more general conservation biology, landscape and spatial ecological questions, landscape planning problems and biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban settings.
• MSc in Ecology, Lund University, Sweden. 2002.
• BSc in landscape Planning, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. 2010.
• PhD in Animal Ecology, Lund University, Sweden. 2011.
Persson, A.S., Olsson, O., Rundlöf, M. & Smith, H.G. (2010) Land use intensity and landscape complexity -Analysis of landscape characteristics in an agricultural region in Southern Sweden. Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment, 136, 169-176.