Multifunctionality of riparian buffer strips

PhD defence, Tuesday, 22 May 2018, Sandra Hille

2018.05.22 | Liselotte K Heller

Sandra Hille

During her studies, Sandra Hille investigated the multifunctionality of riparian buffer strips in Denmark. Riparian buffer strips are narrow, unfertilized strips of land between water bodies and fields. They are mainly implemented in agricultural areas to reduce the impact of agriculture on the aquatic environment. Sandra studied how these areas can be managed best to maximize their nutrient retention and plant diversity value, while also gaining added value through the production of biogas from buffer plant material.

The new research findings contribute to the understanding of how buffer strips in agricultural landscapes should be managed to maximize their ecosystem functions and services.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Bioscience and Department of Agroecology, Graduate School for Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

 Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 13.00
Place: Room D2.04, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Veljsøvej 25, 8600 Silkeborg
Title of dissertation: Managing riparian buffer strips to create multiple benefits for society and nature
Contact information: Sandra Hille,, tel.: +45 50656367
Members of the assessment committee:
Associate Professor Henning Skovgaard Jensen, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark
Senior researcher Markus Venohr, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Associate Professor Kurt Thomas Jensen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (Chair)
Main supervisor:
Senior researcher Annette Baattrup-Pedersen, Stream and Wetland Ecology, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University
Assoc. Prof. Gitte Holton Rubæk, Soil Fertility, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
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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Revised 17.05.2018