Human impacts on environment and biodiversity in China

PhD defence, Tuesday 7 March 2017. Jonas Nüchel.

2017.03.07 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Jonas Nüchel

During his studies, Jonas Nüchel researched how global change has impacted the nature in China. Global change, e.g. land-use change and loss of biodiversity, drives an ecological crisis where many ecosystems are under pressure and the world’s biodiversity is in severe decline. China constitutes an important region for studying the impacts of global change on ecosystems and biodiversity as the country is both rich in biodiversity and has a long history of dense human populations and intensive land use.

The new research findings contribute to the understanding of which factors that determine the changes and distribution of a key aspect of the environment, tree cover, and a representative group of threatened species in China, the primate genus Rhinopithecus (snub-nosed monkeys). The findings provide a deeper understanding of the role human activities have in directly affecting ecological patterns, including how they shape the associations between biodiversity and ecosystem variables and the physical environment.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Bioscience, Science and Technology, Aarhus University and at the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research, Beijing.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 13.15
Place: Building 1252, room 310, Jeppe Vontillius Lecture Theatre, Søauditorierne, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C
Title of dissertation: Geospatial studies of global change impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity in China
Contact information: Jonas Nüchel, e-mail:, tel.: +4587154347 og +4560228516
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Richard Bradshaw, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Liverpool
Researcher Dr. C.GM. Klein Goldewijk, Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, Utrecht University
Lektor Anders Barfod (chair), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Professor A-Xing Zhu, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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