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Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

  • Melissa R. Marselle
  • Jutta Stadler
  • Horst Korn
  • Katherine N. Irvine
  • Aletta Bonn


  • Offers a unique view on biodiversity, physical health and mental wellbeing

  • Provides an insight into the relationship between biodiversity and human health

  • A definitive text for new students of biodiversity and health

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn
    Pages 1-13 Open Access
  3. Biodiversity and Physical Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Sarah J. Lindley, Penny A. Cook, Matthew Dennis, Anna Gilchrist
      Pages 17-46 Open Access
    3. Athanasios Damialis, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Regina Treudler
      Pages 47-66 Open Access
    4. Ruth Müller, Friederike Reuss, Vladimir Kendrovski, Doreen Montag
      Pages 67-90 Open Access
    5. Payam Dadvand, Mireia Gascon, Iana Markevych
      Pages 121-130 Open Access
  4. Biodiversity, Mental Health and Spiritual Well-being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Sjerp de Vries, Robbert Snep
      Pages 159-173 Open Access
    3. Melissa R. Marselle, Dörte Martens, Martin Dallimer, Katherine N. Irvine
      Pages 175-211 Open Access
    4. Katherine N. Irvine, Dusty Hoesly, Rebecca Bell-Williams, Sara L. Warber
      Pages 213-247 Open Access
  5. Implications of the Biodiversity and Health Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Penny A. Cook, Michelle Howarth, C. Philip Wheater
      Pages 251-281 Open Access
    3. Zoe G. Davies, Martin Dallimer, Jessica C. Fisher, Richard A. Fuller
      Pages 283-294 Open Access
    4. Horst Korn, Jutta Stadler, Aletta Bonn
      Pages 315-328 Open Access
    5. Hans Keune, Kerstin Friesenbichler, Barbara Häsler, Astrid Hilgers, Jukka-Pekka Jäppinen, Beate Job-Hoben et al.
      Pages 329-360 Open Access
  6. Planning and Managing Urban Green Spaces for Biodiversity and Health in a Changing Climate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361

About this book


This open access book identifies and discusses biodiversity’s contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation.

This transdisciplinary book will attract a wide audience interested in biodiversity, ecology, resource management, public health, psychology, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The emphasis is on multiple human health benefits from biodiversity - in particular with respect to the increasing challenge of climate change. This makes the book unique to other books that focus either on biodiversity and physical health or natural environments and mental wellbeing. The book is written as a definitive ‘go-to’ book for those who are new to the field of biodiversity and health.


Biodiversity and human health Climate change and wellbeing Nature conservation and public health Urban planning and landscape architecture Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation

Editors and affiliations

  • Melissa R. Marselle
    • 1
  • Jutta Stadler
    • 2
  • Horst Korn
    • 3
  • Katherine N. Irvine
    • 4
  • Aletta Bonn
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Ecosystem ServicesHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)Isle of Vilm, PutbusGermany
  3. 3.Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)Isle of Vilm, PutbusGermany
  4. 4.Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Research GroupThe James Hutton InstituteAberdeen, ScotlandUK
  5. 5.Department of Ecosystem ServicesHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZLeipzigGermany

About the editors

Melissa R. Marselle is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Ecosystem Services at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). She is an environmental psychologist whose research focuses on the influence of biodiversity on mental health and well-being, and the psychological benefits of health walks in nature. She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. 

Jutta Stadler is a Senior Scientific Officer in the International Nature Conservation Division at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. She has been organizing numerous conferences and workshops on nature conservation and climate change as well as on other biodiversity related issues.

Horst Korn is Head of the International Nature Conservation Division at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. His special interest lies in the application of holistic approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the further development and application of science-policy interfaces.

Katherine N. Irvine is a Senior Researcher in conservation behavior and environmental psychology at the James Hutton Institute, UK. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on the people-nature relationship, evaluating effectiveness of interventions to facilitate use of nature to promote well-being and sustainable behavior, and the spiritual dimensions of well-being and biodiversity. 

Aletta Bonn is Professor of Ecosystem Services at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany, and Head of the Department of Ecosystem Services at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental ResearchGermany (UFZ) and the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). With a working background at the science-policy interface in the UK and Germany, her research focuses on ecosystem services, biodiversity and human well-being, participatory conservation and citizen science.





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