Dr. Maria Felipe-Lucia

Deputy Head of Department

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Puschstraße 4
04103 Leipzig

Maria Felipe-Lucia by Stefan

Research Interests

My research seeks to understand the drivers and consequences of social-ecological interactions and its various implications on sustainability, mainly on ecosystem services flows and on equity in the access to those services. In particular, I investigate the effect of land use intensification on the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services, on the synergies and trade-offs between services, and on the social relationships between actors. I analyse these relationships at multiple spatial scales and model social-ecological scenarios to inform land management and restoration policies.

Scientific Career


Senior scientist. Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig, Germany.

08/2015 - 10/2018

Postdoctoral researcher. Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland.

09/2010 - 04/2015

Research fellow. Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología-CSIC. Zaragoza, Spain

02/2010 - 08/2010

Internship. Tyne River Trust and Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle, UK.

07/2009 - 12/2009

Apprenticeship. Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología-CSIC. Zaragoza, Spain.

07/2008 - 08/2008

Apprenticeship. Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro. Zaragoza, Spain.

09/2007 - 06/2008

Environmental Technician. Tomero & Romillo Servicios Ambientales S.L. León, Spain.

09/2010 - 04/2015

PhD in Environmental Studies. Dissertation title: Analysis of ecological and social interactions along the flow of ecosystem services. Suggestions for the management of the River Piedra floodplain. Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC) and Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla, Spain). Cum Laude Award.

09/2010 - 07/2012

MSc in Social Research Applied to the Environment. Dissertation title: Social dimension of Ecosystem Services: the case of River Piedra’s valley. Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Sevilla, Spain).

09/2004 - 07/2009

BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences, minor in Environmental Management. Universidad de León (Spain). Extraordinary Career Award.



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  • Felipe-Lucia, M.R., Soliveres, S., Penone, C., Fischer, M., Ammer, C., Boch, S., Boeddinghaus, R.S., Bonkowski, M., Buscot, F., Fiore-Donno, A.M., Frank, K., Goldmann, K., Gossner, M.M., Hölzel, N., Jochum, M., Kandeler, E., Klaus, V.H., Kleinebecker, T., Leimer, S., Manning, P., Oelmann, Y., Saiz, H., Schall, P., Schloter, M., Schöning, I., Schrumpf, M., Solly, E.F., Stempfhuber, B., Weisser, W.W., Wilcke, W., Wubet, T., Allan, E. (2020):
    Land-use intensity alters networks between biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and services
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 117 (45), 28140 - 28149
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  • Hölting, L., Felipe-Lucia, M.R., Cord, A.F. (2020):
    Multifunctional landscapes
    In: Goldstein, M.I., DellaSala, D.A. (eds.)
    Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes. Volume 5
    Elsevier, Amsterdam, p. 128 - 134
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Further Publications


Penone, C., E.Allan, S. Soliveres, M.R. Felipe-Lucia, M.M. Gossner, S. Seibold, N.K.Simons, P. Schall, F. van der Plas, P. Manning, R.D. Manzanedo, S. Boch, D. Prati,C. Ammer, J. Bauhus, F. Buscot, M. Ehbrecht, K. Goldmann, K. Jung, J. Müller, J.C.Müller, R. Pena, A. Polle, S. Renner, L. Ruess, I. Schöning, M. Schrumpf, E. Solly, M. Tschapka, W. Weisser, T. Wubet & M. Fischer. (2019). Specialisation and diversity of multiple trophic groups are promoted by different forest features. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.13182

Felipe-Lucia, M.R., S. Soliveres, C. Penone, P. Manning, F. van der Plas, S. Boch, D. Prati, C. Ammer, P. Schall, M.M. Gossner, J. Bauhus, F. Buscot, S. Blaser, N. Blüthgen, A. de Frutos, M. Ehbrecht, K. Frank, K. Goldmann, F. Hänsel, K. Jung, T. Kahl, T. Nauss, Y. Oelmann, R. Pena, A. Polle, S. Renner, M. Schloter, I. Schöning, M. Schrumpf, E.D. Schulze, E. Solly, E. Sorkau, B. Stempfhuber, M. Tschapka, W. Weisser, T. Wubet, M. Fischer & E. Allan. (2019). Multiple forest attributes underpin the supply of multiple ecosystem services. Nature communications. 839. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-070

Comin, F.A., B. Miranda, R. Sorando, M.R. Felipe-Lucia, J.J. Jiménez, E. Navarro. 2018. Prioritizing sites for ecological restoration based on ecosystem services. Journal of Applied Ecology,55:1155-1163. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13061

Balvanera, P., R. Calderón-Contreras, A. J. Castro, M. R. Felipe-Lucia, I. R. Geijzendorffer, S. Jacobs, B. Martín-López, U. Arbieu, et al. 2017. Interconnected place-based social–ecological research can inform global sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29: 1–7. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2017.09.005.

Hunter M.L.Jr., V. Acuña, D.M. Bauer, K.P. Bell, A.J.K. Calhoun, M.R. Felipe-Lucia, J.A. Fitzsimons, E. González, M. Kinnison, D. Lindenmayer, C.J. Lundquist, R.A. Medellin, E.J. Nelson, P. Poschlod. 2017. Conserving small natural features with large ecological roles: A synthetic overview. Biological Conservation. Vol. 211, Part B, 88-95. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.12.020

González, E.*, M.R. Felipe-Lucia*, B. Bourgeois, B. Boz, C. Nilsson, G. Palmer, A.A. Sher. 2017. Integrative conservation of riparian zones. Biological Conservation. Vol. 211, Part B, 20-29. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.035 (*equal contribution)
Palomo I.*, M.R. Felipe-Lucia*, E.M. Bennett, B. Martín-López, U. Pascual. 2016. Chapter Six - Disentangling the Pathways and Effects of Ecosystem Service Co-Production, in: G.W. and D.A. Bohan (Ed.). Advances in Ecological Research, Academic Press. Vol. 54, 245–283. doi.org/10.1016/bs.aecr.2015.09.003 (*equal contribution)
Felipe-Lucia M.R., B. Martín-López, S. Lavorel, L. Berraquero-Díaz, J. Escalera-Reyes, and F.A. Comín. 2015. Ecosystem services flows: why stakeholders’ power relationships matter. Plos One 10(7): e0132232. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132232

Felipe-Lucia, M.R. and F.A. Comín. Ecosystem services-biodiversity relationships depend on land use type in floodplain agroecosystems. 2015. Land Use Policy 46. 201–210. doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.02.003

Felipe-Lucia, M.R., F.A. Comín, and J. Escalera-Reyes. 2015. A framework for the social valuation of ecosystem services. AMBIO, 44:308–318. doi:10.1007/s13280-014-0555-2
Felipe-Lucia, M.R., F.A. Comín, and E.M. Bennett. 2014. Interactions among ecosystem services across land uses in a floodplain agroecosystem. Ecology and Society 19(1): 20. doi.org/10.5751/ES-06249-190120
Pardo, I., J. Aranbarri, F. Barreiro, P.A. Bravo, H.A. Chaparro, F. Comín, R. Corriá, C. Español, M. Felipe-Lucia, M. Frugone, M. García-García, E. García-Prieto, G. Gil-Romera, I. Gimeno, L. Lasheras, A. Moreno, S. Palacio, A. Pérez-Sanz, S. Pironon, Y. Pueyo, F. Reig, H. Saiz, G. Sangüesa-Barreda, P. Tarrats, J. Zabalza & J. Revuelto. First Jornadas Iperinas: Presentation of new research topics of the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology. Pirineos. Revista de Ecología de Montaña. Vol. 168, 139-154. Enero-Diciembre, 2013.


Felipe, M.R. 2008. Una evaluación ambiental previa de la Universidad de León. Ecoauditoría ULE. AmbioCiencias nº 3: 12–17. Ed. Universidad de León. (in Spanish).

Technical documents:

Valladares, F., Gil, P. y Forner, A. (coord.). 2017. Bases científico-técnicas para la Estrategia estatal de infraestructura verde y de la conectividad y restauración ecológicas. Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Madrid (in Spanish) .

Felipe-Lucia M.R. Ecosystem Services of the Derwent catchment: first social appraisal. Technical report for the Tyne River Trust, UK.