Publications

Here you will find a list of recently published literature and a link to each article. An updated list of publications is available from Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Lardon, S., Debolini, M., Esgalhado, C., Helena, M., Balzan, M.V., Gennai-schott, S.C., Sim, M., 2021. Planning Mediterranean land system dynamics and their underlying drivers : Stakeholder perception from multiple case studies. Landsc. Urban Plan. 213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2021.104134

  • Boriani, E., Aragrande, M., Canali, M., Balzan, M.V., Asaduzzaman, M., 2021. Pragmatic use of planetary health and nature-based solutions for future pandemics using COVID19 case scenarios. Front. Public Heal.

  • Grace M, Balzan M.V., Collier M, Geneletti D, Tomaskinova J et al. 2021 Priority knowledge needs for implementing nature-based solutions in the Mediterranean islands. Environ. Sci. Policy 116, 56–68. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.10.003

  • Salvia, M., Reckien, D., Pietrapertosa, F., Eckersley, P., Spyridaki, A., Krook-riekkola, A., Olazabal, M., Gregorio, S. De, Simoes, G., Geneletti, D., Vigui, V., Fokaides, P.A., Ioannou, B.I., Flamos, A., Csete, M.S., Buzasi, A., Orru, H., Boer, C. De, Foley, A., Ri, K., Matosovi, M., Balzan, M.V., Smigaj, M., Streberova, E., Orru, K., Wejs, A., Feliu, E., Church, J.M., Grafakos, S., Vasilie, S., Paspaldzhiev, I., Heidrich, O., 2021. Will climate mitigation ambitions lead to carbon neutrality? An analysis of the local-level plans of 327 cities in the EU. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2020.110253

  • Balzan M.V., El Rahmad Hassoun A., et al. 2020 Chapter 4 - Ecosystems, in Climate and Environmental Change in the Mediterranean Basin – Current Situation and Risks, 1–151.

  • Tomaskinova J, Dicks L, Collier M, Geneletti D, Grace M, Longato D, Sadula R, Stoev P, Sapundzhieva A, Balzan M.V., 2020 Capacity-building and networking events for nature-based solutions and re-naturing in Malta. Res. Ideas Outcomes 6, e60893. doi: 10.3897/rio.6.e60893

  • Sapundzhieva A, Balzan M.V., Tomaskinova J, De Santis L, Collier M et al. 2020 ReNature: creating the first nature-based solutions compendium in the Mediterranean. Res. Ideas Outcomes 6. doi: 10.3897/rio.6.e59646

  • Balzan M.V., Tomaskinova J, Collier MJ, Dicks L, Geneletti D et al. 2020 Building capacity for mainstreaming nature-based solutions into environmental policy and landscape planning. Res. Ideas Outcomes 6, e58970. doi: 10.3897/rio.6.e58970

  • Balzan, M.V., Sadula, R., Scalvenzi, L., 2020. Assessing Ecosystem Services Supplied by Agroecosystems in Mediterranean Europe : a Literature Review. Land. 9(8), 245.

  • Geneletti, D.; Esmail, B.A.; Cortinovis, C.; Arany, I.; Balzan, M.V..; Van, P.; Bicking, S.; Borges, P.A. V; Borisova, B.; Broekx, S.; et al. Ecosystem services mapping and assessment for policy- and decision-making: Lessons learned from a comparative analysis of European case studies. One Ecosyst. 2020, 5, e53111, doi:10.3897/oneeco.5.e53111.

  • Cole, L.J., Kleijn, D., Dicks, L.V., Stout, J.C., Potts, S.G., Albrecht, M., Balzan, M.V., Bartomeous, I., Bebeli, P.J., Bevk, D., Biesmeijer, J.C., Chlebo, R., Dàutartë, A., Emmanouil, N., Hartfield, C., Holland, J.M., Holzdchuh, A., Knober, N.T.J., Kovács-Hostyânszki, A., Mandelik, Y., Panou, H., Paxton, R.J., Petanidou, T., Pinheriro de Varvalho, M.A.A., Rundlöf, M., Sarthou, J-P., Stavrinides, M.C., Suso, M.J., Szentgyörgyi, H., Vaissière, B.E., Varanva, A., Vilá, M., Zemeckis, R., Scheper, J. (2020) A critical analysis of the potential for EU Common Agricultural Policy measures to support wild pollinators on farmland. Journal of Applied Ecology. 1–14. 10.1111/1365-2664.13572.

  • Breeze T.D., Boreux V., Cole L., Dicks L., Klein A-M., Pufal G., Balzan M.V., Bevk D., Bortolotti, L., Petanidou, T., Mand M., Pinto A.M., Scheper J., Stanisavljević L., Stavrinides M.C., Tscheulin T., Varnava A., Kleijn D. (2019) Linking farmer and beekeeper preferences with ecological knowledge to improve crop pollination. People and Nature. 10.1002/pan3.10055

  • Balzan M.V., Martins Pinheiro A., Mascarenhas A., Morán-Ordóñez A., Ruiz-Frau A., Carvalho-Santos C., Vogiatzakis I.N., Arends J., Santana-Garcon J., Roces-Díaz J.V., Brotons L., Campagne C.S., Roche P, de Miguel S, Targetti S, Drakou E.G., Vlami V, Baró F, Geijzendorffer I.R. (2019) Improving ecosystem assessments in Mediterranean social-ecological systems: a DPSIR analysis, Ecosystems and People, 15:1, 136-155, 10.1080/26395916.2019.1598499

  • Reckien D., Salvia M., Pietrapertosa F., Simoes S.G., Olazabal M., De Gregorio Hurtado S., Geneletti D., Krkoška Lorencová E., D’Alonzo V., Krook-Riekkola A., Fokaides P.A., Ioannou B.I., Foley A., Orru H., Orru K., Wejs A., Flacke J., Church J.M., Feliu E., Vasilie S. Nador C., Matosovic M., Flamos A., Spyridaki N-A., Balzan M.V., Fülöp O., Grafakos S., Paspaldzhiev I., Heidrich O. (2019) Little evidence of mainstreaming climate change in local plans and policy - Evidence from 885 European cities. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 10.1016/j.rser.2019.05.014

  • Martin E.A., Dainese M., Clough Y., Báldi A., Bommarco R., Gagic V., Garratt M.P.D., Holzschuh A., Kleijn D., Kovács‐Hostyánszki A., Marini L., Potts S.G., Smith H.G., Al Hassan D., Albrecht M., Andersson G.K.S, Asís J.D, Aviron S., Balzan M.V., …, Steffan-Dewenter I. (2019) The interplay of landscape composition and configuration: new pathways to manage functional biodiversity and agro-ecosystem services across Europe. Ecology Letters. 10.1111/ele.13265

  • Burkhard B, Maes J, Potschin-Young MB, Santos-Martín F, Geneletti D, Stoev P, Kopperoinen L, Adamescu CM, Adem Esmail B, Arany I, Arnell A, Balzan M, Barton DN, van Beukering P, … (2018) Mapping and assessing ecosystem services in the EU - Lessons learned from the ESMERALDA approach of integration. One Ecosystem 3: e29153. 10.3897/oneeco.3.e29153

  • Balzan M.V. & Debono I (2018) Assessing urban recreation ecosystem services through the use of geocache visitation and preference data: a case-study from an urbanised island environment. One Ecosystem. 3: e24490. 10.3897/oneeco.3.e24490

  • Reckien D, Salvia M, Heidrich O, Church JM, Pietrapertosa F, De Gregorio-Hurtado S, D’Alonzo V, Foley A, Simoes SG, Lorencová EK, Orru H, Orru K, Wejs A, Flacke J, Olazabal M, Geneletti D, Feliu E, Vasilie S, Nador C, Krook-Riekkola A, Matosović M, Fokaides PA, Ioannou BI, Flamos A, Spyridaki N-A, Balzan M.V., Fülöp O, Paspaldzhiev I, Grafakos S, Dawson R. (2018) How are cities planning to respond to climate change? Assessment of local climate plans from 885 cities in the EU-28. Journal of Cleaner Production. 191: 207-219. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.220

  • Balzan M.V., Caruana J. & Zammit A. (2018) Assessing the capacity and flow of ecosystem services in multifunctional landscapes: evidence of a rural-urban gradient in a Mediterranean small island. Land-Use Policy. 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.08.025

  • Balzan M.V., Potschin M., & Haines-Young, R. (2018) Island ecosystem services: a review of literature and future prospects. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. 14(1), 71-90. 10.1080/21513732.2018.1439103

  • Balzan M.V (2017) Flowering banker plants for the delivery of multiple agroecosystem services. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 11(6), 743-754. 10.1007/s11829-017-9544-2

  • Balzan M.V., Genoud D., Rasmont P., Schwarz M., & Michez D. (2017) New records of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) from the Maltese Islands. Journal of Melittology 72, 1-9. 10.17161/jom.v0i72.6626

  • Balzan M.V., Rasmont P., Kuhlmann M., Dathe H., Pauly A., Patiny S., Terzo M. & Michez D. (2016) The bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of the Maltese Islands. Zootaxa. 4162(2):225-244. 10.11646/zootaxa.4162.2.2

  • Balzan M.V., Bocci G., & Moonen, A-C (2016) Landscape complexity and field margin vegetation diversity enhance natural enemies and reduce herbivory by Lepidoptera pests on tomato crop. BioControl. 61(2), 141-154.

  • Balzan M.V., Bocci G., & Moonen A-C, (2016) Utilisation of plant functional diversity in wild flower strips for the delivery of multiple agroecosystem services. Entomologia Applicata et Experimentalis 158: 304–319.

  • Bull, J.W., Jobstvogt, N., Böhnke-Henrichs, A., Mascarenhas, A., Sitas, N., Baulcomb, C., Lambini, C.K., Rawlins, M., Baral, H., Zähringer, J., Carter-Silk, E., Balzan, M.V., Kenter, J.O., Häyhä, T., Petz, K., Koss, R. (2016) Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats: A SWOT analysis of the ecosystem services framework. Ecosystem Services 17, 99–111.

  • Balzan M.V., Bocci G., & Moonen, A-C (2014) Augmenting flower trait diversity in wildflower strips to optimise the conservation of arthropod functional groups for multiple agroecosystem services. Journal of Insect Conservation, 18, 713-728.

  • Balzan M.V., & Moonen A-C (2014) Field margin vegetation enhances biological control and crop damage suppression from multiple pests in organic tomato fields. Entomologia Applicata et Experimentalis, 150(1), 45-65.

  • Balzan M.V. & Wackers F.L. (2013) Flowers to selectively enhance the fitness of a host-feeding parasitoid: Adult feeding by Tuta absoluta and its parasitoid Necremnus artynes. Biological Control, 67(1), 21-31.

  • Balzan M.V. & Moonen A-C (2012) Management strategies for the control of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) damage in open-field cultivations of processing tomato in Tuscany (Italy). EPPO Bulletin, 42(2), 217-225.

  • Balzan M.V. (2012) Associations of dragonflies (Odonata) to habitat variables within the Maltese Islands: A spatio-temporal approach. Journal of Insect Science, 12, 87.

  • Balzan M.V. (2008) The distribution of two dragonfly species in the Maltese Islands: Orthetrum trinacria Selys and Trithemis annulata Palisot de Beauvois (Odonata: Libellulidae). Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta, 1, 91-96.

Books

  • Balzan M.V., Potschin, M. & Haines-Young, R. (2016) Place-based Assessment of Small Islands' Ecosystem Services. In: Haines-Young, R., Potschin, M., Fish, R., Turner, R.K. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge Handbook Series. Routledge, London and New York, pp 138-141. ISBN: 978-1-138-02508-0

  • Balzan M.V. (2013) Conservation of vegetation and arthropod functional diversity for multi-pest suppression and enhanced crop yield in tomato cropping systems. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy. ISBN: 88-901624-4-9