Sandra Lavorel, CNRS, France
Trained as an agronomist, Sandra Lavorel obtained a PhD in ecology in 1991. She has been a researcher at CNRS since 1994 and currently manages a research group of a dozen permanent scientists at the alpine ecology laboratory in Grenoble, France. Sandra Lavorel has received numerous awards including the Silver Medal of CNRS, France and was elected as a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2013. Her research focuses on impacts on ecosystems and their services of changes in climate and land management. She builds on the strengths of functional ecology in order to improve the quantification of ecosystem services. Specifically, she contributed to the emergence of trait-based approaches and has been at the forefront of their development for applications to questions ranging from disturbance responses, linking these to biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning, and to the quantification of ecosystem services. This interdisciplinary research, with a close participation of local and regional stakeholders, contributes to biodiversity and ecosystem assessments, with a strong involvement in national and international efforts.
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