- Ecosystem services
- Ecosystem service bundles
Megan Meacham’s research focuses on how people use, manage and depend on nature.
Meacham is a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, where she focuses on the benefits people receive from nature (ecosystem services) and how and where they are produced. Her recent work has demonstrated the importance of understanding the relationships among ecosystem services and managing for reoccurring sets of ecosystem services (bundles). In addition, Meacham uses the ecosystem service concept to show how biodiversity is underpinning the financial sector and how the financial sector is impacting biodiversity.
Meacham is the program manager of two research programs.
- Finance to Revive Biodiversity (FinBio). Funded by Mistra
- Advancing the research frontier of biosphere stewardship, a strategic research collaboration and postdoc program between the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and the Natural Capital Project, Stanford University. Funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
Meacham is the course leader and lecture for the course Ecosystem Service Assessments, a 4-credit course at Stockholm University.
Meacham completed her PhD at Stockholm University in Sustainability Science. Her PhD thesis was titled, “Social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem service bundles.” 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 also holds a MSc degree in Ecosystem, Governance and Globalization (Stockholm University, 2009) and BSc degree in Economics (University of Wisconsin, 2006).
Meacham was previously the 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.
Bianca Voicu, co-supervising
News articles with Meacham, Megan
Research news | 2023-10-04
Study maps and groups threatened coral reef ecosystem services
New study investigates how coral reef ecosystem services are linked and distributed in 18 countries around the world
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