Curriculum Vitae

Miguel A. Cebrián-Piqueras (Dr. rer. nat.) is trained in landscape ecology (Aarhus and Helsinki universities), landscape planning and environmental sciences (UMH University, Spain). During last years, he has combined quantitative approaches coming from ecology (e.g. functional and process-based) and social-ecology (e.g. participatory methods) to explain human-nature relationships in the form of predictive and explanatory models (e.g. structural equation models). He has focused on how land use and environment interactions predict variation on biodiversity and vegetation-mediated ecosystem services in cultural and coastal landscapes and, how people values and perceptions relate to the landscape. He has a growing interest in the use of place-based approaches to explain social-ecological systems for improvement of all forms of nature conservation.
Outside academia, he has worked for several landscape planning, nature conservation and international cooperation projects within EU-LEADER program (ADIMAN) and environmental planning start-up consultancy (Ecomimesis). He obtained his PhD in Oldenburg University (Germany) in landscape ecology and ecosystem services and he collaborates, since 2016, as research fellow and lecturer in landscape planning and nature conservation in the Institute for Environmental Planning of Hanover. In 2019, he joined, as researcher, the chair of social-ecological interactions in agricultural systems in Göttingen to coordinate the work package about “Framing inclusive conservation” within the ENVISION project.

Research Specialisations

  • Integration of nature conservation and ecosystem service approach for landscape planning
  • Sustainability of socio-ecological systems and cultural landscapes
  • Applied vegetation- and landscape-ecology for the landscape planning
  • Sustainable Coastal Land Management: Trade-offs in vegetation-mediated Ecosystem Services (COMTESS-project)

  • selected Publications

    • Cebrián‐Piqueras M.A. (2019): Measures to Safeguard and Enhance Soil-Related Ecosystem Services. In: von Haaren C., Lovett A., Albert C. (eds) Landscape Planning with Ecosystem Services. Landscape Series, vol 24. Springer, Dordrecht
    • Kleyer, Michael; Trinogga, Juliane; Cebrián‐Piqueras, Miguel; Trenkamp, Anastasia; Fløjgaard, Camilla; Ejrnæs, Rasmus; Bouma, Tjeerd C.; Minden, Vanessa; Maier, Martin; Mantilla‐Contreras, Jasmin; Albach, Dirk C. & Blasius, Bernd (2018): Trait correlation network analysis identifies biomass allocation traits and stem specific length as hub traits in herbaceous perennial plants. In: Journal of Ecology 107 (2): 829-842.
    • Cebrián-Piqueras, Miguel A.; Trinogga, Juliane; Grande, Celia; Minden, Vanessa; Maier, Martin & Kleyer, Michael (2017): Interactions between ecosystem properties and land use clarify spatial strategies to optimize trade-offs between agriculture and species conservation. In: International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 13 (2): 53-66.
    • Cebrián-Piqueras, Miguel Ángel; Karrasch, Leena & Kleyer, Michael (2017): Coupling stakeholder assessments of ecosystem services with biophysical ecosystem properties reveals importance of social contexts. In: Ecosystem Services 23, 108-115.
    • Lewandowska, Aleksandra M.; Biermann, Antje; Borer, Elizabeth T.; Cebrián-Piqueras, Miguel A….. & Hillebrand, Helmut (2016): The influence of balanced and imbalanced resource supply on biodiversity–functioning relationship across ecosystems. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371 (1694), (DOI).
    • Minden, Vanessa; Scherber, Cristoph; Cebrián-Piqueras, Miguel A.; Trinogga, Juliane; Trenkamp, Anastasia; Mantilla-Contreras, Jasmin; Lienin, Patrick & Kleyer, Michael (2016): Consistent drivers of plant biodiversity across managed ecosystems. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 371 (1694) (DOI).
    • Cebrián-Piqueras, Miguel Ángel & Rubio López, Miguel Ángel (2008): Cultura y Naturaleza: El uso de las plantas en el Territorio Biored. En: Revista Club Biored: 4. link to PDF

    • Further Information on ResearchGate


      Miguel currently coordinates a work package about “Framing Inclusive Conservation” within the project ERA-Net Horizon 2020 funded project ENVISION: “An inclusive approach to assessing integrative scenarios and visions for protected area management”. Find more here: