Helen Moor

Helen Moor


As a community ecologist I am interested in combining theoretical and empirical approaches to understand the causes and consequences of biodiversity. As a concerned citizen I am interested in understanding the response of communities to ongoing environmental change. In order to be useful for conservation and management of natural resources, ecological models must be improved to reduce prediction uncertainty. My current interests focus on developing process-based joint species distribution models that can account for demography, dispersal limitation and species interactions in order to better predict potential future changes in the distribution and abundance of organisms.


At ArtDatabanken, I have developed models for the distribution of forest beetle species in the county of Dalarna and studied the effect of old-forest connectivity on beetle distributions and species richness in the context of planning for green infrastructure. Currently I am working on the development of hierarchical models for metapopulation dynamics of wood-inhabiting fungi (polypores or bracket fungi).

Previously I have worked on biodiversity-ecosystem functioning research at the IfM-GEOMAR in Kiel, using experiments with metacommunities of marine diatoms. My interests then shifted to functional and theoretical ecology, and, driven by enthusiasm for complexity science and systems ecology, I did my PhD at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, switching model system from marine unicellular algae to wetland plants (vascular plants and bryophytes).

With wetland vegetation as a model system, my doctoral research was broadly concerned with mechanistic modelling of climate change effects on the response capacity and functioning of plant communities and metacommunities. I used approaches based on functional traits to understand climate change effects on wetland plant communities and estimate consequences for wetland functioning and resulting ecosystem service potential. I developed metacommunity simulation models to study the regional response capacity of whole metacommunities to shifting climatic niches and investigate the relative importance of species interactions and differences in dispersal capacity on predictions. I am interested in developing models that are parsimonious yet adequately capture ecological complexity, which remains one of the major current challenges in predictive ecology.



Publikationer i urval

Moor, H. (2017). Life History Trade-off Moderates Model Predictions of Diversity Loss from Climate Change. PLoS ONE, e0177778.

Moor, H., Rydin, H., Hylander, K., Nilsson, M. B., Lindborg, R. and Norberg, J. (2017), Towards a trait-based ecology of wetland vegetation. J Ecol. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12734

Moor, H., Hylander, K., & Norberg, J. (2015). Predicting climate change effects on wetland ecosystem services using species distribution modeling and plant functional traits. AMBIO, 44(Suppl. 1), S113–S126.

Elmhagen, B., Destouni, G., Angerbjörn, A., Borgström, S., Boyd, E., Cousins, S. A. O., … Lindborg, R. (2015). An inter-disciplinary perspective on interacting effects of change in climate, human population and land-water use on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Ecology and Society, 20(1).

de Boer, M. K., Moor, H., Matthiessen, B., Hillebrand, H., & Eriksson, B. K. (2014). Dispersal restricts local biomass but promotes the recovery of metacommunities after temperature stress. Oikos, 123(6), 762–768.

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