Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Jelle Peter Hilbers

Date: 21 December 2018
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2 Nijmegen

Dissertation title: 

Modelling population viability of birds and mammals

Group: Radboud University Nijmegen, Department of Environmental Science
Supervisor: Dr. A.M. Schipper
Promotor: Prof M.A.J. Huijbregts

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Abstract:

Given the increasing human pressures on global biodiversity, there is an urgent need to conserve species and species populations more effectively. In conservation biology, information on species and population viability is typically obtained via population viability analysis (PVA). The applicability of PVA is, however, typically limited by the availability of species-specific input data. The main aim of this thesis was therefore to quantify population viability 1) for a large number of species and 2) as an explicit function of anthropogenic pressures by making better use of available data. Ultimately, this type of information will help to better underpin biodiversity conservation efforts. The focus in this thesis was on birds and mammals, and chemical pollution and water scarcity.