Permanent Members

 

rox aragon 250Dr. Aragón, Roxana
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT).

My research is related to changes in land use, and I am specifically interested in the relationship between landscape diversity and vegetation functioning in Dry Chaco Forest. In addition, I study different aspects of the ecology of exotic species and, in particular, of Ligustrum lucidum.

 

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ezeDr. Araoz, Ezequiel
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT)

I study the dynamics of montane forests in response to climate change and land use deintensification. I use spatially explicit models to combine information from different sources, such as dendrochronology and permanent plots. I am also interested in the response of vegetation and animal communities to land use changes, particularly urbanizarion.

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peter250Dr. Blendinger, Pedro G.
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT)

My main interests are bird ecology and plant-animal interactions. My current projects focus on the nutritional basis of the mutualistic interactions between plants and seed dispersers in subtropical Andean forests, a system involving close to 250 species of plants and fruit-eating vertebrates.

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blundoDr. Blundo, Cecilia
(Assistant Researcher CONICET)

Since 2003, I have been involved in the establishment and maintenance of a network of 50 permanent plots of 1 ha each in the Bermejo river basin. The periodic re-measurement of the plots has been generating information on the growth and demography of trees. Currently, I am working on the analysis of this database to study the structure and forest dynamics of the Yungas.

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JCarilla250Dr. Carilla, Julieta
(Researcher at CONICET)

My research activities are focused on studying the dynamics of subtropical mountain forests and high mountain ecosystems, including highland wetlands (vegas and lakes), through long-term monitoring systems to understand their response to climate change and human activities. I develop these activities by combining remote sensing, dendrochronoly and permanent plots.

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chacof250Dr. Chacoff Natacha P
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT) (Deputy Director IER)

My research focuses on the study of the ecological and evolutionary consequences of interactions between plants and animals. I am particularly interested in spatio-temporal dynamics of the interactions and the effects of different anthropic disturbances on them. Currently I am studying crop pollination and their relation to the landscape configuration.

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gasparri250Dr. Gasparri, N. Ignacio
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT)

Ignacio Gasparri is interested in land use science in general, but specially in causes and consequences of deforestation and forest degradation in a context of agriculture commodity frontiers. He has more than 15 years experience working in the Dry Chaco region in Northern Argentina with extensive experience in field work, remote sensing applications, and forest resources surveys. As researcher of the Argentine federal science system (CONICET), his activities are oriented to understand the main drivers of deforestation and degradation of the Argentine subtropical forest and to develop remote sensing application to monitoring forest area and structure. In particular, he has experience combining field data with remote sensing for mapping forest biomass and he has participated in foundational researches about deforestation driving by soybean in the Dry Chaco. .

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Dr. Grau,  Alfredo
(Professor at UNT)

Botany. Economic Botany. Conservation of nature.

 

 

 

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Dr. Grau, Héctor Ricardo
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT, Director IER)

I am the Director of IER, Principal Investigator of CONICET, and Professor of Landscape and Regional Ecology in the National University of Tucumán, Argentina. I am interested in the dynamics of land change in relation to modernization processes in Latin America, including urbanization, globalization and telecouplings with other regions. I am a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Programme, and have a diverse background in Geography, Agronomy and Ecology, including research on the interaction among forest dynamic, climate change, disturbances and exotic species invasion.

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andreaDr. Izquierdo, Andrea E.
(Researcher at CONICET, Professor at UNT)

My main research interests are on landscape ecology and conservation planning. My current research focuses on conservation planning of High Andean wetlands in relation to land use and climate change. I combine geospatial tools and extensive field work in a socio-ecological framework to propone guidelines for conservation planning of high elevation wetlands and sustainable development of the Puna ecoregion. Simultaneously to my academic carrier, I collaborated with different projects to promote the Inquiry Cycle and Applied Inquiry Cycle in scholar, academic and decision-making areas.

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SILVIA250Dr. Lomascolo Silvia
(Researcher at CONICET)

I am interested in ecology and evolution of plant-animal interactions. I aim at understanding how interactants affect each other and, concomitantly, how interactions evolve, incorporating the complexity of interaction networks at the community level. For this purpose I use phylogenetics, network ecology, and other novel approaches that allow me to quantify the reciprocal effect between interactants. At the moment I am focused on mutualisms, such as seed dispersal and pollination, but antagonistic interactions are equally fascinating to respond the type of questions that I am interested in, so I will soon incorporate them in my studies.

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machiDr. Macchi, Leandro
(Researcher  at CONICET)

My research focuses on the ecology of bird communities and their response to land use change processes. At the moment I´m analyzing the balances between bird diversity, agricultural production and carbon stocks in the Argentinean dry Chaco.Ecology of the IER.

 

 

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Dr. Malizia, Agustina
(Researcher at CONICET)

My research is related to the study of the dynamics of mature and secondary forests in relation to global change (climate change, land use change and invasion of exotic species) within long-term vegetation monitoring systems. In addition, my research interests are related to the study of urban solid waste patterns, processes and dynamics at different spatial scales.

 

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caro250Dr. Monmany, Carolina
(Assistant Researcher CONICET)

I am interested in studying how landscape modifications influence insect species and body size diversity and insect ecological functions. Other projects in which I collaborate from a landscape perspective are: the study of male bees’ (Apis mellifera) navigation, the study of fire occurrence through time and space in Puerto Rico and the analysis of urban solid waste patterns, processes and dynamics at different spatial scales.

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Dr. Nuñez Montellanos, Maria Gabriela
(Assistant Researcher CONICET)

My research is related to the ecology of birds and in particular, the nest webs for cavity-nesting bird assemblages in arid environments. I am also interested in the study of the social behavior and reproductive ecology of the White-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes cactorum, family Picidae), a highly social species and one of the main cavities producers in arid environments (Valles Calchaquíes, Monte Phytogeographical Province).

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PaoliniDr. Paolini, Leonardo
(Researcher at CONICET – Research Scientist at University of Auckland)

My research interests focuses on the study of urban ecosystems dynamics and its consequences for vegetation structure and functioning. I am currently studying the relationship between urban expansion, local climate change and vegetation productivity, combining time series analysis of remotely sensed data, real time monitoring of environmental variables, and UAVs (drones) surveys.

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