- Ecosystem services
- Ecosystem service bundles
- Urban landscapes
- Complex social-ecological systems
Megan Meacham’s research focuses on ecosystem services and the role of urbanization in the Anthropocene
Meacham is a postdoctoral fellow under the Wallenberg Foundation Research Exchange program on Natural Capital, Resilience and Biosphere Stewardship, which is jointly hosted by Stanford University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her research focuses on the actors, flows and dynamics of urbanization. She uses food and other ecosystem services to study quantitative and qualitative linkages between cities and their support systems.
Additionally, Meacham is the research coordinator for the Wallenberg foundation research exchange program. She is also the course leader and lecture for the course Ecosystem Service Assessments, a 4-credit course at Stockholm University.
As a PhD candidate, Meacham used the ecosystem service bundle concept to describe social-ecological landscapes within Sweden. She explored how social, geographic and ecological dynamics relate to ecosystem service bundles. She advanced the ecosystem service bundle approach by testing accessible data, feasible methods and expanding comparability with other assessments.
Meacham was previously a coordinator for the Program for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) within Future Earth. She is still a member of PECS and collaborates with several other international projects.
News articles with Meacham, Megan
Research news | 2022-03-22
Why ecosystem services should be considered in groups, not individually
Five reasons why a ‘bundles’ approach can improve our understanding of nature’s services to humans
Research news | 2021-06-02
Why land-use intensity can cause trade-offs among ecosystem services
Comparing across cases can improve ability to predict how land use alters ecosystem service relationships
Research news | 2019-05-24
Bundles of unknown services from nature
New study maps for the first time the interaction between ecosystem services while gauging the inhabitants’ knowledge and appreciation of them. Not all services are getting the credit they deserve
Research news | 2018-06-12
A breeze of perspectives in a stormy debate
Questions around the popular ecosystem services framework and nature’s contribution to people has hit a nerve
Publications by Meacham, Megan
Advancing research on ecosystem service bundles for comparative assessments and synthesis
Journal / article | 2022
Social-ecological interactions have been shown to generate interrelated and reoccurring sets of ecosystem services, also known as ecosystem service bundles. Given the potential utility of the bundles concept, along with the recent surge in interest it is timely to reflect on the concept, its current use and potential for the future. Based on our ecosystem service bundle experience, expertise, and ecosystem service bundle analy...
Land-use intensity mediates ecosystem service tradeoffs across regional social-ecological systems
Journal / article | 2021
A key sustainability challenge in human-dominated landscapes is how to reconcile competing demands such as food production, water quality, climate regulation, and ecological amenities. Prior research has documented how efforts to prioritize desirable ecosystem services such as food and fiber have often led to tradeoffs with other services. However, the growing literature has revealed different and sometimes contradictory patt...
Integrating supply and demand in ecosystem service bundles characterization across Mediterranean transformed landscapes
Journal / article | 2019
Humans continually transform landscapes, affecting the ecosystem services (ES) they provide. Thus, the spatial relationships among services vary across landscapes. Managers and decision makers have access to a variety of tools for mapping landscapes and analyzing their capacity to provide multiple ES. This paper characterizes and maps ES bundles across transformed landscapes in southeast Spain incorporating both the ecological...
The undisciplinary journey: early-career perspectives in sustainability science
Journal / article | 2018
The establishment of interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD programs in sustainability science is opening up an exciting arena filled with opportunities for early-career scholars to address pressing sustainability challenges. However, embarking upon an interdisciplinary endeavor as an early-career scholar poses a unique set of challenges: to develop an individual scientific identity and a strong and specific methodological skill-s...