Dr Sandra Lavorel
Sandra has conducted outstanding research into plant functional ecology and the application of trait-based approaches to the assessment of management of ecosystem services. Her research has contributed to the emergence of trait-based approaches and their application to understanding biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning and services, especially in the context of climate change and land management. She has also completed interdisciplinary research, which involves close collaboration with a range of stakeholders and has contributed to both national and international assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to a greater understanding of land management for ecosystem services.
Sandra is research director at Laboratoire d’écologie alpine (LECA), Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Grenoble, France. She obtained her PhD in 1991 and has been a researcher at CNRS since 1994. Sandra has an outstanding track record of research and her 282 publications are distinguished for their deep conceptual basis and rigorous and imaginative experimental design.
In addition to her own research, Sandra has played a lead role in several international research networks, such as the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, DIVERSITAS, and TRY, the Global Communal Plant Trait Database, which she was a founder member of. She has also served on several major national and international assessments related to biodiversity and global environmental change, including the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and she is Chair of the scientific committee of the French National Ecosystem Assessment. She is a highly supportive mentor to her staff and students, and her rigorous and imaginative approach to her work, and appetite to challenge conventional disciplinary boundaries, is an inspiration to others working in her field.