New paper: A fresh perspective on food and biodiversity

By Joern Fischer I’m writing to share new paper of ours that just appeared online in Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Following from our earlier work, this is our most concrete attempt yet to show what a social-ecological approach to the food-biodiversity nexus might look like. The PDF is available here. In a nutshell, we argue … Continue reading

A social-ecological perspective on food security and biodiversity conservation

By Joern Fischer At last, a paper we started to think about at a SESYNC workshop in Maryland finally got published in Regional Environmental Change. The paper lays out a conceptual foundation for how to think about food security and biodiversity conservation from a social-ecological perspective. In this blog post, I’d like to highlight two key … Continue reading

Revival of landscape-scale research?

By Joern Fischer It’s easy to by cynical about the state of the world, and the state of academia. A recent commentary in Nature suggested that “current trajectories threaten science with drowning in the noise of its own productivity”. Leading journals are full of technocratic formulas for how to fix the world; while the deeper … Continue reading

The tyranny of coarse scales in sustainability science and policy

By Joern Fischer Scale has fascinated geographers for a very long time – but still, this important concept is not getting the attention it deserves by sustainability scientists or policy makers. What’s worse is that the biases introduced through several disciplines (and major journals) all go the same way, namely shedding light on coarse scales … Continue reading

Flexible framings and human agency: implications for conservation

By Joern Fischer What is the most effective way to conserve biodiversity? Much of the answer seems to depend on how we approach the problem – and which variables we believe can or cannot be altered. This little blog post is a call to more often jump between framings and assumptions about the future. The … Continue reading

Paper recommendation: Diversification practices reduce organic to conventional yield gap

I’d like to recommend the following paper: PONISIO, L. C., GONIGLE, L. K., MACE, K. C., PALOMINO, J., DE VALPINE, P. & KREMEN, C. 2014. Diversification practices reduce organic to conventional yield gap. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1396 Analysis of the sustainability of food system is needed … Continue reading

Why the discourse on sustainable intensification needs to change

By Joern Fischer Just a couple of days ago, we highlighted a new paper we published in Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment on the topic of “sustainable intensification”. By coincidence, two new papers on sustainable intensification landed on my desk today. One, a paper by Charles Godfray and Tara Garnett in Philosophical Transactions of … Continue reading