Dr. Sandra Díaz Awarded 2017 Premi Ramon Margalef d’Ecologia
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.
The reasons of the Jury
Considered one of the world’s most influential scientists, the Jury has recognized “her leading role as a pioneer in the theoretical development and practical implementation of the concept of functional diversity”, as well as “the tools she has developed for the methodological implementation of the concept and its empirical application”. The Jury therefore recognizes 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.
Global plant trait database
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. By UNCiencia - UNC - Argentina 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. She is member of national academies of science of several countries, such as the National Academies of Sciences of the United States and of France.
She is recognized for her leadership in international initiatives on biodiversity and global environmental change. In this sense, she worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1994 to 2007, and was one of the leading authors in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment project. Díaz has been a prominent member of the DIVERSITAS Scientific Committee and performs leadership roles in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystemic Services (IPBES).