She is recognized for her leadership in international initiatives on biodiversity and global environmental change
Sandra Díaz. Photo: Agencia UNCiencia - UNC - Argentina
The Jury of the Premi Ramon Margalef d’Ecologia grants the thirteenth award to Dr Sandra Díaz, a renowned Argentinian researcher who is an expert on the impact of global environmental change on plant biodiversity in regional ecosystems. Considered one of the world’s most influential scientists, the Jury has recognized her contribution to advances in fundamental ecology and refers to her as one of the world’s leading experts in the field. The award ceremony will be hold in autumn this year, in Barcelona.
Sandra Díaz earned a PhD in Biological Sciences (cum laude) in 1989 from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Since 1994, Díaz is professor at this University and a high researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Researches at the Institute for Multidisciplinary Plant Biology (IMBIV).
As a driver of international research initiatives in the areas of biodiversity, global environmental change and ecosystems, Sandra Díaz has led groups of scientists from different countries and backgrounds. One of her greatest achievements, in conjunction with a small group of colleagues, was the development of TRY, the largest global database of functional plant traits ever compiled. She is the founder and director of Nucleus DiverSus, an interdisciplinary network for primary research and synthesis on biodiversity and sustainability, with an emphasis on Latin America and global projection.
Díaz has also received several national and international awards, as the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in which she worked.
The Jury highlights her contribution to a greater understanding of biodiversity’s role in ecosystems