About us

We are a multidisciplinary team, with a common goal but with different backgrounds. Keep reading and get to know us!

Sandra Lavorel

Georg Leitinger

Karl Grigulis

Karl Grigulis works as a research engineer in the Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine in Grenoble, France. Initially working as an agronomist in south-east Australia on topics of population ecology using pasture weeds as model systems, more recently in France he participates in projects focussed on functional and community ecology, in particular the assessment of community functional structure as a determinant of ecosystem responses to climate and management change and of ecosystem services.

Ulrike Tappeiner

Bello Mouhamadou

Marie-Pascale Colace

Ursula Peintner

Marie-Noëlle Binet

MarieNoelleBinetMarie-Noëlle Binet is an associate professor and does her research in the Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, UMR CNRS-UGA, Grenoble. She has been teaching in plant physiology and plant biology, at the «Université de Bourgogne», Dijon. Her research focuses on fungi that play a major role in the function and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems. The aim of her studies is to determine the abiotic and biotic factors that structure fungal communities, to understand the interactions between different fungal functional groups and the effects of these interactions on plant communities and the functioning of ecosystems. Another objective of her research concerns the exploitation of fungi (e.g. mycorrhizal fungi, saprophytes) for applications in plant protection and in bioremediation. The LUCSES project offers her a good opportunity to collaborate with a group from Austria and to extend the areas of study. The LUCSES project focuses a part of its research on mycorrhizal communities as an important actor in mediating shrub effects on nutrient and water availibility. 'I am very interested in studying the response of the mycorhhizal fungi to shrub expansion in alpine ecosystems'.

Christiane Gallet

Elena Tello García

Elena Tello GarcíaElena is a PhD student at the University of Innsbruck, with a background in biology and a Master's degree in "Ecology, Environmental Management and Restoration". The last years she has worked on the effects of global change on water use efficiency, biomass productivity and plant composition of grassland ecosystems. Throughout her PhD, she became interested in plant traits and plant-soil interactions, especially with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Therefore, the LUCSES project is a good opportunity to go deeper into these topics, to fill the gap on the effects of shrubland encroachment, as well as to work with an international and multidisciplinary team.

Blandine Lyonnard

Lucía Laorden Camacho

LuciaLaordenLucía is a PhD student from the Universität Innsbruck. She did her bachelor in ‘Environmental Sciences’ at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and her master in ‘Environmental Management of Mountain Areas’ in the Universität Innsbruck and Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. She is passionate about mountains and concerned about current and future climate change. Lucía is deeply interested in the study of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as socio-ecological ecosystems in mountain areas. ‘For me the LUCSES project is a perfect opportunity to work with subalpine ecosystems and exchange knowledge with other researchers from different corners of the planet’.

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