Falko Buschke

Macroecologist and conservation biologist

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Who am I?

I'm Falko Buschke, a macroecologist and conservation biologist working as a Science for Policy Officer at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. In this role, I work at the science-policy interface on the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management ( BIOPAMA) Programme. Prior to this, I contributed to the Commission's Africa Knowledge Plaform.

I have a PhD from KU Leuven, Belgium and spent seven years between 2015 and 2021 as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State, South Africa. I specialise in understanding how the spatial temporal distribution of biodiversity affects conservation and management.

I am a voluntary collaborating researcher at the Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section at the KU Leuven, and a member of the editorial board for the journal Conservation Biology. To keep my work policy-relevant, I am a member of the Impact Mitigation and Ecological Compensation (IMEC) working group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management.

Professional skills

Ecological research

Drivers of multi-species coexistence in terrestrial and freshwater systems.

Biodiversity mapping

Conservation GIS and remote sensing from local to global scales.

Ecological modelling

Custom algorithms to simulate and analyse multidimensional data.

Policy support

Translating science for real-world implementation.

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