Natalia Pérez Harguindeguy


Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba; & Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Fïsicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina

With a PhD in Biological Sciences, Natalia is an ecologist, Assistant Professor of Biogeography at the National University of Córdoba.

Natalia focuses her research on understanding ecosystem functions at the interface between plants, soils and ecosystems. She investigates plant-soil-ecosystem interaction mechanisms - in terms of links, thresholds and tradeoffs - in the context of different local, regional and global socio-ecosystems. Most of Natalia's works has used the perspective of plant functional traits as a mechanistic link between plant and soil relationships. Her aim is to improve the understanding of ecology under different socio-economic conditions.

Natalia has undertaken her research in the South-American Chaco savannah, in the Central Argentinian mountain grasslands and in Tropical and Subtropical forests under diverse land use conditions.

In addition to being a member of the ecoSERVICES Scientific Steering Committee, Natalia is a member of the Inter-American Institute for global change research (IAI) and of DiverSus, for Research on Diversity and Sustainability. Through the DiverSus international research network, she has been involved with social scientists in interdisciplinary research that analyses the links between diversity components and the perception of ecosystem services by different social actors. Natalia is also involved in FOREFRONT, Nature’s benefits in agro-forest frontiers: linking actor strategies, functional biodiversity and ecosystem services; and in the ARC Australia-New Zealand Research Network for Vegetation Function that aims to develop ecological datasets that exemplify the key role of vegetation function at underpinning sustainability.

August 2016