My research interest lies within Conservation Ecology with special emphasis on biodiversity in the agricultural landscape. I find it very exciting to work with issues regarding both animals, nature, landscapes and humans, and how to combine these to get the best possible result: farmland rich in biodiversity! The majority of my work is about the effect of created habitats on a multitude of organisms.
The Scanian Grey Partridge Project - a large-scale experiment in which new biotopes are created according to a prescription developed by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust in England. The prescription is designed with the aim of restoring grey partridge populations in Britain. (See more on www.gwct.org.uk.) I want to test whether this can work here in Scania (Skåne in Swedish) as well, but also whether it can benefit other farmland biodiversity. In other words, I want to see if the grey partridge can work as a bio indicator: where there's plenty of grey partridges, there's also plenty of other species.
SAPES - in this project I look at the effect of adding flowering habitats to landscapes of different complexity (amount of pasture and field borders) on birds, pollinators and game (hares). The ecosystem services of pollination and hunting are also investigated. Note that this is one part of a rather large project involving several people from Lund University, Stockholm University and the Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala.
Conservation Evidence - I am one of the co-authors of a synopsis on European Farmland Conservation.
Jönsson, A.M., Aebischer, N.J., Olsson, O. & Smith, H.G. (2010). The grey partridge and AESs in Sweden: Setting up an experimental restoration of the grey partridge and associated farmland biodiversity in Sweden. Aspects of Applied Biology 100, Agri-environment schemes - what have they achieved and where do we go from here?, pp. 111-116.
Smith, H.G., Jönsson, A.M. & Rundlöf, M. (2011). Åtgärder för att gynna biologisk mångfald i slättbygder – en kunskapssammanställning. Lunds Universitet, 51 pp.