Delia Bittner

Research project: Future Forest Landscapes: Developing Ecological Design Tools for Climate Change Management

Abstract

The aim of this PhD work is to adapt landscape architecture to resource management in a changing world and to enrich existing landscape architects with a new design tool in order to support ecosystem services and integrate forest landscape restoration and biological diversity conservation. The emphasis of this dissertation is the development of a new design tool to capture and analyse ecosystem services in a spatial framework to provide design implementations for their improvement. The development of this specific design tool will focus on the landscape ecosystem type: forest landscapes in Germany and their restoration aims to re-establish ecological integrity and enhance human well-being. This tool will bridge the gap between landscape architecture and landscape ecology.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Future Forest Landscapes: Developing Ecological Design Tools for Climate Change Management
  • Research supervisor: Dr Kristof Fatsar

Biography

I am a PhD student at Kingston University, with an interdisciplinary project on forest ecology and landscape architecture which is supervised by Dr Kristof Fatsar and Professor Dr Peter Hobson.

As I became more and more concerned about anthropogenic climate change and interested in landscape ecology and sustainability, I decided to do further research. For me it is inevitable to take ecosystem services and climate change into account in landscape architecture. 

My student career began with the BSc in Landscape Architecture in 2014 at the University of Essex. My thesis "The Role of Naturalistic Zoological Design in Relation to Visitors and Animals in Special Application to Wolves" included topics from the field of Animal Behavior and Landscape Ecology. I continued with my Master thesis "How to Recreate on Ecological Balance by Designing the Landscape and Managing the Population of Mustangs in Oregon, USA" in 2017 at the Writtle University College.

Areas of research interest

  • Landscape Ecology
  • Self Sustaining Ecosystem
  • Rewilding
  • Sustainable Forest
  • Designing an Ecological Balance
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Resource Management
  • Ecology and Management of Large Mammals

Qualifications

  • BSc Hons Landscape Architecture, University of Essex
  • Ma Landscape Architecture, Writtle School of Design, Writtle University College

Funding or awards received

  • Award of the Japanese Garden Society and Certificate of Recognition
  • Partial Scholarship for Master's degree program in Landscape Architecture
  • Certificate of Recognition from Writtle University College for positive initiatives and improvements