Former Lab Members

Former Graduate Students

Owen McKenna
Current whereabouts: Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow USGS

Lara Reichmann,
Current whereabouts: Post doctoral fellow at University of Texas, Austin, and USDA, Temple, TX

Pedro Flombaum,
Current whereabouts: Research Scientist, National Research Council, and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Marselle Alexander
Current whereabouts: Senior Associate, Development, Foundation at Ceres Inc, Boston, MA

Victoria Marchesini,
Current whereabouts: Post doctoral Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australia

Laura Yahdjian,
Current whereabouts: Research Scientist, National Research Council, and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Verónica Pancotto,
Current whereabouts: Research Scientist, National Research Council, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas,Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina)

Pablo Roset,
Current whereabouts: Private consultant, Argentina

Esteban Jobbágy,
Current whereabouts: Research Scientist, National Research Council, and University of San Luis (Argentina)

Adriana Beltrán,
Current whereabouts: Geostatistician at John Deere, Fort Collins, CO, USA

José M. Paruelo,
Current whereabouts: Professor, University of Buenos Aires and Research Scientist, National Research Council, Argentina.

Martín R. Aguiar,
Current whereabouts: Professor, University of Buenos Aires and Research Scientist, National Research Council, Argentina

Rodolfo A. Golluscio,
Current whereabouts: Dean and Professor, School of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires and Research Scientist, National Research Council, Argentina

Former Postdoctoral fellows:

Jose Daniel Anadon
Current whereabouts: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Queens College, City University of New York

Lara Reichmann,
Current whereabouts: Post doctoral fellow at University of Texas, Austin, and USDA, Temple, TX

Erika Sudderth,
Current whereabouts:Post doctoral fellow at Brown University

M. Laura Yahdjian,
Current whereabouts: Research Scientist, National Research Council, and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Amy T. Austin,
Current whereabouts: Research Scientist, National Research Council, and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald,
Current whereabouts: Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering and Natural Resource Management,Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. 78216, Mexico

Patricia Folgarait,
Current whereabouts: Professor, Universidad de Quilmes, Argentina

Silvia Cid,
Current whereabouts: Professor, Universidad de Mar del Plata, Balcarce, Argentina

Miguel A. Brizuela,
Current whereabouts: Professor, Universidad de Mar del Plata, Balcarce, Argentina

Former visiting scientists

Laura Yahdjian

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Laura Yahdjian was a visiting scholar at ASU in the Osvaldo Sala’s lab. She is a research Scientist in the Institute for Agricultural Plant Physiology and Ecology (IFEVA-CONICET) and an Assistant Professor of the department of Ecology in the School of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her broad scale research interests are in the area of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, with a focus on ecosystem-level questions including controls of primary production, ecosystem-water dynamics, and the effects of exotic plant invasions on ecosystem functioning. Her field sites cover a range of natural and human modified ecosystems in the Patagonia and Pampas region of Argentina, where she is studying ecosystem changes after agriculture abandonment and the impacts of agricultural practices on green house gases emissions. Laura is involved in two international global research networks (NutNet and DroughtNet). At ASU, Laura was engaged in the research of drought effects on ecosystem functioning.

Fujiang Huo

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Dr. Fujiang Hou is Dean of College of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology (CPAST), Lanzhou University, Director of Gansu Grassland Ecological Research Institute (GGERI), vice Director of State Key Laboratory of Grassland Agro-ecosystems (SKLGAE). His research has been focused on the vegetation and livestock productivity, greenhouse gases emission and mitigation, economic and social analysis of rangeland grazing systems in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Loess Plateau, Inland Arid Region of northwest China and Inner Mongolian Plateau. He has been involved in over 20 funded projects, which include 9 international projects. The results have been published in 149 peer-reviewed scientific journals (including 125 Chinese journals). Fujiang was a visiting scientist with the Sala Lab from November 2015 until February 2016.

Marc Estiarte

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Marc Estiarte was a visiting scientist in the Sala Lab during February 2016. Marc Estiarte has been studying the effects of water availability in the context of climate change on ecosystem processes of the carbon cycle, such as plant productivity and soil respiration, using precipitation-reduction experiments in the field in a mediterranean shrubland. He has also studied effects of drought on the phenology of growth, flowering and leaf senescence as well as in plant water relations. He visited Sala’s Lab to deepen on the comprehension of the significance of timescales of water availability on ecosystem productivity.

Jianhua Si

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Jianhua Si was a visiting scientist in the Sala Lab from June 2013 to June 2014. He came from the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests focus on water use strategies in desert riparian forest, and the study area is located in the lower reaches of Heihe River Basin. In order to achieve his goals, he looked at the following four aspects that closely interact with each other: (1) Water source of desert riparian forest, (2) Hydraulic redistribution and eco-hydrological effects, (3) Transpiration of desert riparian forest and scaling up, and (4) Responses of ecological process to hydrological process in a desert riparian forest. At ASU, he engaged in the research of water dynamics in arid ecosystems.

Pratap Naikwade

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Dr. Pratap Naikwade joined the Sala Lab in Aug 2016 by availing the prestigious C.V. Raman Fellowship for post-doctoral research at USA funded by UGC (Govt. of India initiative). He has completed his Bachelor and Master degree in Botany from Dr. B.A.M. University, Aurangabad, India. He was rewarded with Ph.D. for the research on ‘Some biotechnological aspects of food preservation and nutrient resources of crop plants’. He is working on different aspects of Sustainable Agriculture, Weed Utilization, Waste Management, Carbon Sequestration etc. He carried out awareness program on Conservation of sacred groves in Western ghat of Sahyadri ranges in India. He has guided four students from France in forest conservation project. He is working with Srushtidnyan (Mumbai based NGO) and Klimet Aktion (Stockholm, Sweden based NGO) for creating awareness on climate change among school children and local people in Ratnagiri, India. At ASU Dr. Pratap is interested in learning more about impact of climate change on different ecosystems, plant wood encroachment and its effect on livestock production.

Former visiting student

Vivian Verduzco

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Vivian was with the Sala Lab from Spring 2014 to Fall 2014. She is a Ph.D. student from Mexico. Vivian received her Master’s Degree in Science of Natural Resources with a major in hydrology. She is currently studying the hydrological effects on carbon fluxes especially in water-limited ecosystems. She is working particularly with measurements of carbon, water and energy fluxes across the North American Monsoon region. Their higher dependence on water availability makes these ecosystems heavily influenced by precipitation seasonality, controlling the biological activity and therefore photosynthesis and C decomposition processes. She is interested in the study of climate variability and anthropogenic effects in the carbon cycle in arid and semi-arid lands due to their important contributions in the global carbon cycle.

Former undergraduate students

Eric Johnson (BSc Brown University)

Orla O’Brien (Master’s Student at UMASS Dartmouth)

Kristen Sebasky (MSc The Johns Hopkins University)
Current whereabouts: Associate at Industrial Economics

Shane Easter (BSc Brown University)
Current whereabouts: Environmental Finance Analyst Wells Fargo

Miriam Fuchs (MBA University of Michigan)
Current whereabouts: Business Associate at Novomer, Inc.

John Angell (PhD student University of Massachusetts, Boston)

Eva Shultis (MSc Harvard)
Current whereabouts: Math & Science Teacher. The Field School

Owen McKenna (PhD Arizona State University)
Current whereabouts: Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow USGS

Josh Haussler (BSc Arizona State University)

Luis Weber-Grullon (PhD student Arizona State University)

Raymond Cooley (Undergraduate student Arizona State University)