Sandra Lavorel


Laboratoire d'écologie alpine (LECA), Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Grenoble, France

Sandra is landscape and ecosystem ecologist, research director at LECA.

Trained as an agronomist, Sandra obtained a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and was a pioneer in the emergence of trait-based approaches in functional ecology. Sandra has focused her research on impacts of changes in climate and land management on ecosystems and their services. She builds on the strengths of functional ecology in order to improve the quantification of ecosystem services. Sandra undertakes transdisciplinary research, with a close participation of local and regional stakeholders, to contribute to biodiversity and ecosystem assessments.

Sandra has had a strong involvement in national and international projects, in France, Australia and other parts of the globe. She is involved in several research projects, including Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (OPERAs) which aims to bridge the gap between ecosystem science and practice, and the project on Ecosystem serVIce provision from coupled planT and microbiAL functional diversity in managed grassland (VITAL), that studies the role of plant and soil microbial diversity in the provision of ecological services in semi-natural grasslands, and the impacts of agricultural practices on these relationships.

In addition to being a member of the ecoSERVICES Scientific Steering Committee, Sandra is Lead Author of Chapter 5: Integrated and cross:scale analysis of interactions of the natural world and human society of Deliverable 2(b): Regional/subregional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia of the Work Programme of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

August 2016