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Modelling how Diversity Sustains Societies’ Resilience: How does incorporating biodiversity change solutions of optimum resource-use problems?

Throughout environmental history, humanity has prospered from the natural resources provided by the biodiversity in their environments. At the same time, humans shape(d) their environments and the biodiversity. While the mutual feedback between biodiversity and human wellbeing is undisputed, it has received remarkably little analytical treatment. We are faced with the challenge that through a lack of theory building, current modeling approaches are yet unable to test wellknown hypotheses on natural resources appropriation and stability of the humanenvironment systems. This becomes even more relevant, considering that this lack of knowledge is inherent to almost all integrated assessment models (IAM) that aim at simulating current globalscale realworld situations.
This project aims at developing novel modelling approaches that deepen our understanding of the role of diversity of biological components, natural resources and societal aspects to test various controversial hypotheses on the stability of socioenvironmental systems. I will use most uptodate and innovative biophysical and socioeconomic models to develop biophysicalprinciplesbased models incorporating the interactions of the biodiversityproduction mutualism.


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