Magdalena (Magda) Lenda is associate professor at the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in Krakow, Poland. She obtained her PhD from Jagielleonian University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland In Australia. Her teaching and research expertise is in community ecology, with a focus on the ecological impacts of biological invasions. She has worked with a variety of organisms, ranging from plant to insect pollinators to bird communities in a variety of settings, such as laboratory, urban areas, abandoned agricultural fields and forests. Current research emphasis is on using social science research methods to gain a better understanding of how humans influence nature, both to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms and to develop better strategies to improve nature conservation.