Research group

Biodiversity & Health

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Contacts Projects Publications

Short description

There is significant evidence that exposure or contact with natural environments has human health and wellbeing benefits. In this working group, we aim to understand the impact of biodiversity on human health and well-being. We also investigate how people perceive, value and act on the environment in order to inform conservation. Collaboration across disciplines is of central importance for our research and we draw from environmental psychology, ecology, and geography for public health research designs.

We investigate the following:

  • Health values of biodiversity
  • Impact of exposure to nature on mental well-being,psychological resilience, and quality of life
  • Design of biological conservation actions as behaviour change interventions

Methodological focus

  • Experimental research
  • Surveys with standardised, validated questionnaires
  • Qualitative research methods with interviews and focus groups
  • Analysis of secondary health data with GIS analyses using spatial datasets of the natural environment
  • Conceptual development
  • Systematic reviews

Contacts

Dr. Melissa Marselle

Phone: +49 (0)341 97 33151
E-mail


Projects


Former Projects

  • Conference Biodiversity and Health in the face of Climate Change


Publications (selection)

Edited book

Marselle, M., Stadler, J., Korn, H., Irvine, K.N. & Bonn, A. (Eds.)(2019) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8 https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8.

Research articles

Marselle, M., Warber, S.L., Gillespie, B. & Irvine, K.N. (2019) Growing resilience through interaction with nature? Use of group nature walks to buffer the effect of stressful life events on mental health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi:10.3390/ijerph16060986

Methorst, J., Arbieu, U., Bonn, A., Böhning-Gaese, K. & Müller, T. (in review) Positive and Negative Contributions of Wildlife to Human Well-Being.

Methorst, J., Rehdanz, K., Müller, T., Hansjürgens, B., Bonn, A. & Böhning-Gaese, K. (in review) Bird species richness is associated with life satisfaction across Europe.

Book chapters

Korn, H., Stadler, J. & Bonn, A. (2019) Global Developments: Policy support for linking biodiversity, health and climate change. Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change (eds M. Marselle, J. Stadler, H. Korn, K.N. Irvine & A. Bonn), pp. 315-328. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Marselle, M., Stadler, J., Korn, H., Irvine, K.N. & Bonn, A. (2019) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change: Challenges, opportunities and evidence gaps. In: M. Marselle, J. Stadler, H. Korn, K.N. Irvine & A. Bonn (Eds.) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change. Springer, Cham DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8_1

Marselle, M.R (2019) Theoretical foundations of biodiversity and mental well-being relationships. In: M. Marselle, J. Stadler, H. Korn, K.N. Irvine & A. Bonn (Eds.) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change. Springer, Cham. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8_7

Marselle, M.R, Martens, D., Dallimer, M. & Irvine, K.N. (2019) Review of the mental health and well-being benefits of biodiversity. In: M. Marselle, J. Stadler, H. Korn, K.N. Irvine & A. Bonn (Eds.) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change. Springer, Cham. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8_9

Marselle, M.R, Stadler, J., Korn, H., Irvine, K.N. & Bonn, A. (2019) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change: Perspectives for science, policy and practice. In: M. Marselle, J. Stadler, H. Korn, K.N. Irvine & A. Bonn (Eds.) Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change. Springer, ChamSpringer, Cham, Switzerland. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02318-8_20

Marselle M.R., Stadler, J., Korn, H., & Bonn, A. (Eds.) (2018): Proceedings of the
European Conference “Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change -
Challenges, Opportunities and Evidence Gaps”. BfN-Skripten 509. Federal Agency of
Conservation, Germany, Bonn. Available from https://www.bfn.de/fileadmin/BfN/service/Dokumente/skripten/Skript509.pdf