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Eco Services Group

BESTNet Overview

The BESTNet Research Coordination Network has now completed its work. BESTNet focused on the relation between human activities, biodiversity change and ecosystem services. The core members of BESTNet were all associated with Diversitas through either the core projects or the cross-cutting networks. BESTNet aimed to bring the benefits of this new international, interdisciplinary research on biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being to research students in US universities, through a set of networked research and research training activities. It coordinated the work of ecologists, evolutionary biologists (systematists, paleobiologists, biogeographers, and population geneticists), conservation biologists, economists and anthropologists among others. Ongoing research that grew out of BESTNet collaborations include the MASPread and RAPID Trade projects reported elsewhere on this site.