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