Marie Vandewalle, PhD


Department of Conservation Biology and Social-Ecological Systems

Head of Working Group on Biodiversity Science-Policy Interface (B-SPI)

UFZ Science Policy Expert Group                                                

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: ++49 341 6025 1761

Marie Vandewalle

Research interests

Biodiversity, Biodiversity indicators, Ecosystem Services, Network of Knowledge, Science Society Policy Interface, Stakeholder Engagement

CV / Scientific carrier

2022 - Present Scientific Co-coordinator of BioAgora (Horizon Europe Project)

Work Package Lead in EmpowerUs (Horizon Europe Project)

Task Lead in Eco-Ready (Horizon Europe Project)

Member of Biodiversa+ Enlarged Stakeholders Board (substitute representative for college on European policymakers and advisors)

Expert for the European Environment Agency (ETC/CCA – European Topic Centre on Biodiversity and Ecosystems)
2020 - Present Head of Eklipse Management Body (EMB)
2019 - 2021 Scientific advisor for the European Environment Agency (ETC/CCA – European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (2019 - 2021)
2017 - Present ALTER-Net Management Board Member
2016 - 2022 Co-coordinator of EKLIPSE (EU H2020)
2016 - Present Convener of the ALTER-Net Summer School
2011 - 2015 Project Manager of BiodiversityKnowledge (EU FP7 KNEU project)
Scientific advisor for a service contract for DG ENV entitled "Towards an EU Mechanism interfacing science and policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services"
2006 - 2010 PhD student at Lund University
2006 - 2009 Co-leader of a WP in RUBICODE (EU FP6 -terminated): Rationalising Biodiversity Conservation in Dynamic Ecosystems


Ongoing projects
  • BioAgora HE project (Bio Knowledge Agora: Developing the Science Service for European Research and Biodiversity Policymaking, 2022 - 2027) - Scientific Co-coordination
  • EmpowerUs HE project (Socio-economic Empowerment of coastal communities as users of the sea to ensure sustainable coastal development, 2022 - 2025) - WP4 lead
  • Eco-Ready HE project (Achieving Ecological Resilient Dynamism for the European food system through consumer-driven policies, socio-ecological challenges, biodiversity, data-driven policy, sustainable futures, 2023 - 2027) - Tasks lead (through Alternet)
  • RESTOREID HE project (Restoring Ecosystems to Stop the Threat Of (Re)- Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2024 - 2028) (through Alternet)

Past projects
  • EEA ETC/CCA – European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (2019 - 2021)
  • EKLIPSE (Horizon 2020 - 2016-2020) Establishing a European Knowledge and Learning Mechanism to Improve the Policy-Science- Society Interface on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
  • BiodiversityKnowledge (EU FP7 - KNEU 2010-2014) Developing a Knowledge Network for European Expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making and economic sectors 
  • DG ENV contract (2011 - 2014) “Towards an EU mechanism interfacing science and policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services" (Reference; ENV.B.2/SER/2011/00424)
  • RUBICODE (EU FP6 -terminated): Rationalising Biodiversity Conservation in Dynamic Ecosystems


van Dijk, J., Young, L.Y., Vandewalle, M., Watt, A., Locher, K. (2023): Transformative change for biodiversity requires more inclusive and participatory framing of research agendas. Biodivers. Conserv. 32 (11), 3669 - 3679

Perino, A., Pereira, H.M., Felipe-Lucia, M., Kim, H., Kühl, H.S., Marselle, M.R., Meya, J.N., Meyer, C., Navarro, L.M., van Klink, R., Albert, G., Barratt, C.D., Bruelheide, H., Cao, Y., Chamoin, A., Darbi, M., Dornelas, M., Eisenhauer, N., Essl, F., Farwig, N., Förster, J., Freyhof, J., Geschke, J., Gottschall, F., Guerra, C., Haase, P., Hickler, T., Jacob, U., Kastner, T., Korell, L., Kühn, I., Lehmann, G.U.C., Lenzner, B., Marques, A., Motivans Švara, E., Quintero, L.C., Pacheco, A., Popp, A., Rouet-Leduc, J., Schnabel, F., Siebert, J., Staude, I.R., Trogisch, S., Švara, V., Svenning, J.-C., Pe'er, G., Raab, K., Rakosy, D., Vandewalle, M., Werner, A.S., Wirth, C., Xu, H., Yu, D., Zinngrebe, Y., Bonn, A. (2022): Biodiversity post-2020: Closing the gap between global targets and national-level implementation. Conserv. Lett. 15 (2), e12848

Kelemen, E., Pataki, G., Konstantinou, Z., Varumo, L.,, Paloniemi, R., Pereira, T. R., Sousa-Pinto, I., Vandewalle, M. and J. Young (2021). Networks at the science-policy-interface: Challenges, opportunities and the viability of the ‘network-of-networks’ approach, Environmental Science & Policy 123: Pages 91-98,

Castellari, S., Zandersen, M., Davis, M., Veerkamp, C., Förster, J., Marttunen, M., Mysiak, J., Vandewalle, M., Medri, S., and J.R. Picatoste (2021) Nature-based solutions in Europe: Policy, knowledge and practice for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. European Environment Agency, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 159 p. doi:10.2800/919315

Gosselin, F., Galanaki, A., Vandewalle, M., Van Dijk, J., Varumo, L., Ventocilla, J., Watt, A., Young, J. (2020). Key messages from the scientific community for the EU post 2020 biodiversity strategy - elaboration of the multi-phased, iterative and consultative elicitation of scientific expertise (MICESE) method. Sustainability 12:2385.

Watt, A., Ainsworth, G., Balian, E., Cojocaru, G., Darbi, M., Dicks, L., Eggermont, H., Furman, E., Goudeseune, L., Huybrecht, P., Kelemen, E., Koch, F., Konstantinou, Z., Livoreil, B., Locher, K., Lux, A., Mehring, M., Neßhöver, C., Paloniemi, R., Saarikoski, H., Sousa Pinto, I., Vandewalle, M., Varjopuro, R., Varumo, L., Wittmer, H., Young, J., (2018): EKLIPSE: engaging knowledge holders and networks for evidence-informed European policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Evid. Policy (in press)

Li Y, Shipley B, Price JN, Dantas VdL, Tamme R, Westoby M, Siefert A, Schamp BS, Spasojevic MJ, Jung V, Laughlin DC, Richardson SJ, Le Bagousse-Pinguet Y, Schöb C, Gazol A, Prentice HC, Gross N, Overton J, Cianciaruso MV, Louault F, Kamiyama C, Nakashizuka T, Hikosaka K, Sasaki T, Katabuchi M, Frenette Dussault C, Gaucherand S, Chen N, Vandewalle M, Batalha MA (2017) Habitat filtering determines the functional niche occupancy of plant communities worldwide. Journal of Ecology: 1365-2745.

Tremblay, M.*, Vandewalle, M.* & Wittmer, H. (2016). Ethical challenges at the science-policy interface: an ethical risk assessment and proposition of an ethical infrastructure. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(7)

Balian, E., Drius L., Eggermont, H., Livoreil. B., Vandewalle, M., Vandewoestjine, S., Wittmer, H. & Young, J. (2016). Supporting evidence-based policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services: recommendations for effective policy briefs. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research Debate and Practice 12(3):431-451

Neßhöver, C., Livoreil, B., Schindler, S. & Vandewalle, M. (2016). EDITORIAL: Challenges and solutions for networking knowledge holders and better informing decision-making on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(7):1207-1214. doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1066-1

Neßhöver, C., Vandewalle, M., Wittmer, H., Balian, E.V., Carmen, E., Geijzendorffer, I.R., Görg, C., Jongman, R., Livoreil, B., Santamaria, L., Schindler, S., Settele, J., Sousa Pinto, I., Török, K., van Dijk, J., Watt, A., Young, J., Zulka, K.P., Kneu Project Team (2016): The Network of Knowledge approach – improving the science and society dialogue on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(7):1215-1234. doi: 10.1007/s10531-016-1127-5 (open access)

Görg, C., Wittmer, H., Carter, C., Turnhout, E., Vandewalle, M., Schindler, S., Livoreil, B. & Lux, A. (2016). Governance options for science–policy interfaces on biodiversity and ecosystem services: comparing a network versus a platform approach. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(7)

Livoreil, B., Geijzendorffer, I.R., Pullin, A.S., Schindler, S., Vandewalle, M., Neßhöver, C. (2016) Biodiversity knowledge synthesis at the European scale: actors and steps. Biodiversity and Conservation 25(7): 1269-1284. doi:10.1007/s10531-016-1143-5

Hauck, J., Stein, C., Schiffer, E., Vandewalle, M. (2015). Seeing the forest and the trees: Facilitating participatory network planning in environmental governance, Global Environmental Change 35 : 400-410

Carmen, E., Neßhöver, C., Saarikoski, H., Vandewalle, M., Watt, A., Wittmer, H. and J. Young (2015): Creating a biodiversity science community: Experiences from a European Network of Knowledge. Environmental Science and Policy: 54: 497-504

Siefert A., et al. (2015) A global meta-analysis of the relative extent of intraspecific trait variation in plant communities. Ecology Letters 18 (12): 1406-1419

Heink, U, Marquard, E., Heubach, K., Jax, K., Kugel, C., Nesshöver, C., Neumann, C.K., Paulsch, A., Tilch, S., Timaeus, J. and M. Vandewalle (2015). Conceptualizing credibility, relevance and legitimacy for evaluating the effectiveness of science–policy interfaces: Challenges and opportunities. Science and Public Policy 42(5):676-689

Vandewalle, M., Purschke, O., de Bello, F., Reitalu, H.C., Prentice, H.C., Lavorel, S., Johansson, L.J., Sykes, M.T. (2014): Functional responses of plant communities to management, landscape and historical factors in semi-natural grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science 25 (3), 750 - 759

Le-Bagousse-Pinguet, Y., de Bello, F., Vandewalle, M., Leps, J., Sykes, M.T. (2013): Species richness of limestone grasslands increases with trait overlap: evidence from within- and between-species functional diversity partitioning. Journal of Ecology 12, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12201

de Bello, F.*, Vandewalle, M.*, Reitalu, T., Leps, J., Prentice, H.C., Lavorel, S. and M.T. Sykes (2013). Evidence for scale- and disturbance-dependent trait assembly patterns in dry semi-natural grasslands. Journal of Ecology 101(5): 1237-1244

Maes J, Teller A, Erhard M, Liquete C, Braat L, Berry P, Egoh B, Puydarrieux P, Fiorina C, Santos F, Paracchini ML, Keune H, Wittmer H, Hauck J, Fiala I, Verburg PH, Condé S, Schägner JP, San Miguel J, Estreguil C, Ostermann O, Barredo JI, Pereira HM, Stott A, Laporte V, Meiner A, Olah B, Royo Gelabert E, Spyropoulou R, Petersen JE, Maguire C, Zal N, Achilleos E, Rubin A, Ledoux L, Brown C, Raes C, Jacobs S, Vandewalle M, Connor D, Bidoglio G (2013). Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services. An analytical framework for ecosystem assessments under action 5 of the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020. Publications office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

Hulme, M., Mahony, M., Beck, S., Görg, C., Hansjürgens, B., Hauck, J., Nesshöver, C., Paulsch, A., Vandewalle, M., Wittmer, H., Böschen, S., Bridgewater, P., Chimère Diaw, M., Fabre, P, Figueroa, A., Luen Heong, K., Korn, H., Leemans, R., Lövbrand, E., Norowi Hamid, M., Monfreda, C., Pielke, R., Settele, J., Winter, M., Vadrot, A.B.M., van den Hove, S., van der Sluijs, J.P. (2011). Science-policy interface: beyond assessments. Science, 333(6043):697-8

Harrison, P.A., Vandewalle, M., Sykes, M.T., Berry, P.M., Bugter, R., de Bello, F., Feld, C.K., Grandin, U., Harrington, R., Haslett, J.R., Jongman, R.H.G., Luck, G.W., da Silva, P.M., Moora, M., Settele, J., Sousa, J.P. and Zobel, M. (2010) Identifying and prioritising services in European terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Biodiversity and Conservation 19, 2791–2821.

Vandewalle, M., de Bello, F., Berg, M.P., Bolger, T., Dolédec, S., Dubs, F., Feld, C.K., Harrington, R., Harrison, P.A., Lavorel, S., da Silva, P.M., Moretti, M., Niemelä, J., Santos, P., Sattler, T., Sousa, J.P., Sykes, M.T., Vanbergen, A.J. and Woodcock, B.A. (2010) Functional traits as indicators of biodiversity response to land use changes across ecosystems and organisms. Biodiversity and Conservation 19, 2921–2947.

Anton, C., Young, J., Harrison, P.A., Musche, M., Bela, G., Feld, C.K., Harrington, R., Haslett, J.R., Pataki, G., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Skourtos, M., Sousa, J.P., Sykes, M.T., Tinch, R., Vandewalle, M., Watt, A. and Settele, J. (2010) Research needs for incorporating the ecosystem service approach into EU biodiversity conservation policy. Biodiversity Conservation, 19: 2979-2994.

Harrington, R., Anton, C., Dawson, T.P., de Bello, F., Feld, C.K., Haslett, J.R., Kluvánkova-Oravská, T., Kontogianni, A., Lavorel, S., Luck, G.W., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Samways, M.J., Settele, J., Skourtos, M., Spangenberg, J.H., Vandewalle, M., Zobel, M. and Harrison, P.A. (2010) Ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation: concepts and a glossary. Biodiversity Conservation, 19: 2773-2790.

Luck, G.W., Harrington, R., Harrison, P.A., Kremen, C., Berry, P.M., Bugter, R., Dawson, T., de Bello, F., Diaz, S., Feld, C.K., Haslette, J.R., Hering, D., Kontogianni, A., Lavorel, S., Rounsevell, M., Samways, M.J., Sandin, L., Settele, J., Sykes, M.T., van den Hove, S., Vandewalle, M. and M. Zobel (2009) Quantifying the contribution of organisms to the provision of ecosystem services. BioScience 59 (3): 223-235

Reitalu, T., Sykes, M.T., Johansson, L. J., Lönn, M., Hall, K., Vandewalle, M. and H.C. Prentice (2009) Small-scale plant species richness and evenness in semi-natural grasslands respond differently to landscape structure and history. Biological Conservation 142 (4): 899-908

Vandewalle M., Sykes M.T., Harrison P.A., Luck G.W., Berry P., Bugter R., Dawson T.P., Feld C.K., Harrington R., Haslett J.R., Hering D., Jones K.B., Jongman R., Lavorel S., Martins da Silva P., Moora M., Paterson J., Rounsevell M.D.A., Sandin L., Settele J., Sousa J.P., Zobel M. (2008) Review paper on concepts of dynamic ecosystems and their services. RUBICODE Deliverable D2.1,


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  • Castellari, S., Zandersen, M., Vandewalle, M. (2021):
    Nature-based solutions in Europe: policy, knowledge and practice for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
    EEA Report 01/2021
    Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, p. 15 - 23 10.2800/919315
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