Research group

Ecosystem Service Change

photo by Jonna Heuschele
photo by Jonna Heuschele
Contacts Projects Publications

Short description

In a context of continuous land use change and telecoupled relationships, we investigate the effects of land management on ecosystem services and their contribution to human well-being. We use different approaches to assess potential supply, use and demand, including people’s preferences and values. In turn, we look at how management is related to aspects of equity and the distribution of ecosystem services across different social groups, as well as the governance regimes that may contribute to a more equal access to ecosystem services.

Methodological focus

  • Conceptual studies and systematic literature reviews
  • Geospatial analysis and statistical modeling of spatio-temporal patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Quantitative, spatially explicit analyses of trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services and between ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Socio-ecological surveys and questionnaires
  • Policy assessments


Dr. María Felipe-Lucia

Phone: +49 (0)341 97 33183

Dr. Guy Pe’er

Phone: +49 (0)341 97 33182

Projects & Working Groups

Publications (selection)

In review

Kleemann, J., Schröter, M., Bagstad, K., Kuhlicke, C., Kastner, T., Fridmann, D., Schulp, N., Wolff, S., Martínez-López, J., Koellner, T., Arnhold, S., Martin-Lopez, B., Marques, A., Lopez-Hoffmann, L., Liu, J., Kissinger, M., Guerra, C.A. & Bonn, A. (in review). Quantifying interregional flows of multiple ecosystem services – a case study for Germany.


Benra, F., Nahuelhual, L., Gaglio, M., Gissi, E., Aguayo, M., Jullian, C. & Bonn, A. (2019) Ecosystem services tradeoffs arising from non-native tree plantation expansion in southern Chile. Landscape and Urban Planning, 190, 103589.

Benra, F. & Nahuelhual, L. (2019) A trilogy of inequalities: Land ownership, forest cover and ecosystem services distribution. Land Use Policy, 82, 247-257.

Koellner, T., Bonn, A., Arnhold, S., Bagstad, K.J., Fridmann, D., Guerra, C., Kastner, T., Kissinger, M., Kleemann, J., Kuhlicke, C., Liu, J., López-Hoffman, L., Marques, A., Martín-López, B., Schulp, C.J.E., Wolff, S. & Schröter, M. (2019) Guidance for assessing interregional ecosystem service flows. Ecological Indicators, 105, 92-106.

Pe'er, G., Zinngrebe, Y., Moreira, F., Sirami, C., Schindler, S., Müller, R., Bontzorlos, V., Clough, D., Bezák, P., Bonn, A., Hansjürgens, B., Lomba, A., Möckel, S., Passoni, G., Schleyer, C., Schmidt, J. & Lakner, S. (2019) A greener path for the EU Common Agricultural Policy. Science, 365, 449-451.

Schröter, M., Bonn, A., Klotz, S., Seppelt, R. & Baessler, C. (2019) Atlas of Ecosystem Services: Drivers, Risks and Societal Responses. Springer, Cham.


Schröter, M., Koellner, T., Alkemade, R., Arnhold, S., Bagstad, K.J., Frank, K., Erb, K.-H., Kastner, T., Kissinger, M., Liu, C.R., López-Hoffman, L., Maes, J., Marques, A., Martin-Lopez, B., Meyer, C., Schulp, N., Schulze, J., Wolff, S. & Bonn, A. (2018) Interregional flows of ecosystem services: a conceptual framework for future ecosystem service assessments. Ecosystem Services, 31, 231-241.

ten Brink, B., Cantele, M., Bonn, A., Davies, J., Fernandez, M., Matthews, N., Ramirez Hernandez, W., Morris, J., Schoolenberg, M., Adams, V.M., Oluwabunmi Ajilore, O., van den Berg, M., Mantel, M., Pennock, D., Toth, G., van Vuurenm, D. & Balehegn, M. (2018) Scenarios of land degradation and restoration. IPBES Assessment on land degradation and restoration. Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn.


Wüstemann, H., Bonn, A., Albert, C., Bertram, C., Biber-Freudenberger, L., Dehnhardt, A., Döring, R., Elsasser, P., Hartje, V., Mehl, D., Kantelhardt, J., Rehdanz, K., Schaller, L., Scholz, M., Thrän, D., Witing, F. & Hansjürgens, B. (2017) Synergies and trade-offs between nature conservation and climate policy: Insights from the “Natural Capital Germany – TEEB DE” study. Ecosystem Services, 24, 187-199.


Schröter, M., Albert, C., Marques, A., Tobon, W., Lavorel, S., Maes, J., Brown, C., Klotz, S. & Bonn, A. (2016) National Ecosystem Assessments in Europe: A Review. Bioscience, 66, 813-828.