Henrik Hannemann D.Phil. Candidate
He read Biology and Economics at the University of St Andrews receiving a BSc (Joint Honours) in 2011. During his honours research project he focused on conservation approaches within the context of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy in the North Sea. Continuing a more interdisciplinary approach to ecological questions he completed his MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford in 2012. His thesis examined potential for future-orientated conservation designations using species distribution modelling to highlight issues arising from using national databases only.
DPhil research project
Henrik’s DPhil research focuses on the optimisation of conservation strategies within Europe, including both ecological approaches and economic valuation.
Current protected area networks are far from being specifically designed for the task at hand. Range area and size fluctuations due to climate change and continued high levels of urban development throughout Europe give rise to the opportunity for strategic conservation planning accounting for these constraints. Species distribution modelling is used to inform future range areas and thus potential sites worthy of protection in order to encompass needed species in adequate areas and quantities. Palaeoecological distributions are included in order to ensure more robust modelling.
The interdisciplinary approach for site selection also includes economic valuation in order to facilitate long-term economic sustainability for future-orientated conservation approaches.
- Hannemann, H., Willis, K. J. and Macias-Fauria, M. (2016) The devil is in the detail: unstable response functions in species distribution models challenge bulk ensemble modelling. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25(1): 26–35.