Guy Pe'er

Guy Pe'er, PhD

sDiv Catalyst Post-doc:

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig


UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Dept. Economics / Ecosystem Services)

Contact address:

Deutsche Platz 5a, Leipzig

Research interests

Understanding and addressing anthropogenic pressures on biodiversity, especially through habitat loss, fragmentation, land-use- and climatic changes. I am particularly interested in how animal movement and dispersal interact with species’ demography to determine population viability, range-shift dynamics, and community structures in fragmented landscapes.

Patterns and trends in biodiversity: long-term monitoring, targeted fieldwork on rare species, and biodiversity surveys help determining the status and trends in biodiversity. With particular interest in butterflies, I am one of the founders of the Israeli Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (BMS-IL) established 2009, and nowadays serving as a scientific supervisor and consultant to the programme.

Agriculture and agricultural policy and their effects on nature and humans: Agricultural production, expansion and intensification exert pressures on our society, economy and environment. To address these pressures I am engaged in interdisciplinary research onto how the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) affects both nature and humans. I am particularly interested in how the CAP affects Socio-Ecological Systems in terms of the interactions between farm structure and economy, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and consequently also rural vitality and farmers’ wellbeing.

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CAP Fitness Check: Recent publications
Presentation of preliminary results (PPT, Brussels 11 May 2017) Preliminary results - Executive Summary, English
Preliminary results - Deutsche Zusammenfassung
Policy Brief: Making the greening greener (Pe'er et al. 2017) Policy Brief: Farmer decisions on EFA implementation, Germany (Zinngrebe et al. 2017)
Agricultural lands in Europe: not all is ugly and bad. Photograph: Guy Pe'er, 2009. All rights reserved