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Dra. Elisabeth Huber Sannwald

Jefe de División

Miembro del SNI. Nivel 2

División de Ciencias Ambientales



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Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald is Associate Professor (Titular C) in the Division of Environmental Sciences at IPICYT, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico since Fall 2001.
In 1990, she received a Master¿s Degree, in Biology/Botany at the University of Innsbruck, where she collaborated with Dr. Georg Grahberr from the University of Vienna on the effects of land use change on biodiversity aspects, from the species to the landscape scale. In 1996, she received a PhD Degree, in Range Ecology at Utah State University under Dr. Martyn Caldwell. For her doctoral work she examined plant interactions between native and introduced grass species and plant functional groups (shrubs-grasses) in semi-arid shrub-grass communities of the Great Basin in the Intermountain West, U.S.A. In 1997, she was Scientific Officer of Focus 4 on Global Change and Ecological Complexity of the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) at the Instituto de Ecología de la Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she collaborated with Dr. Osvaldo Sala.
From 1998-2001, she was Assistant Professor at the Grassland Science Department of the Technische Universität München, Weihenstephan, Germany. She examined management effects on plant nitrogen and carbon allocation patterns and AM fungi distribution in different species-poor and species-rich grassland ecosystems.

Currently she is involved in the following research activities:

1) Ecosystem response and feedback mechanisms to variable abiotic and biotic environments at different spatial and temporal scales in the semi-arid and arid region of Northern Mexico considering interactive effects of land use change, grassland biogeochemistry and the role of biological soil crusts in supplying fundamental ecosystem services.

(2) Integrated assessment of biophysical and socio-economic factors and drivers that cause desertificacion and land degradation in socio-ecological systems in arid and subtropical regions of the Americas applying the Dryland Development Paradigm to ARIDnet case studies

(3) Coordination of the Mexican Grassland Network for Investigation and Leadership in Sustainable Management, GRACILIS (Grupo Regional en Agostaderos Mexicanos para su Investigacion y el Liderazgo de su Uso Sustentable) and of the cross-cutting theme Biogeochemical cycles and Climate Change as part of the Network Mex LTER

(4) Coordination of the Inter-American Network for Atmospheric/Biospheric Studies (IANABIS); (http://www.ipicyt.edu.mx/IANABIS)