Sandra Lavorel#

Sandra Lavorel
Membership Number:3175
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:FRANCE

Present and Previous Positions

  • Since 2003: Senior Research Scientist (Directeur de Recherche ), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, Grenoble, France. Group leader: ‘Functional traits and dynamics of alpine ecosystems’, 12 permanent staff (9 scientists, 3 technical), 6 postdocs, 12 PhD.
  • Promoted to ‘First Class Senior Research Scientist’ (Directeur de Recherche 1ère classe) from 1/3/ 2011
  • 2005-9: Associate science director of the Joseph Fourier Alpine Research Station, CNRS
  • Since 2008: Funder and co-coordinator of the French Alpine Long Term Socio-Ecological Research Site
  • 10/1994-2002: Research Scientist (Chargé de Recherche 1ère classe), CNRS, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France
  • 07/1991-08/1994: Postdoctoral fellow, Ecosystem Dynamics Group, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Fields of Scholarship
  • Dynamics of biodiversity
  • Functional ecology - plant functional trait responses to environment and impacts on ecosystem functioning
  • Global change: climate, land use and biodiversity including invasions
  • Interdisciplinary research on ecosystem services

Honours and Awards
  • 1998: CNRS Bronze Medal (award for young scientists)
  • 2006: Foulon Prize in Biology, French Academy of Sciences
  • 2006: Zayed International Prize for the Environment, shared with all contributors to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  • 2008: Co-nominee of the Cozzarelli Prize of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.
  • 2009: Co-nominee of the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America.
  • 2009: Jean Dufrenoy Prize of the French Academy of Agriculture
  • 2012: Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, French government

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