Osvaldo Esteban Sala

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  • Ingeniero Agrónomo, 1973 Facultad de Agronomía, UBA, Argentina
  • Master of Science in Ecology, 1979, Department of Range Science, Colorado State University, Estados Unidos de Norteamérica.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology, 1982, Department of Range Science, Colorado State University, Estados Unidos de Norteamérica.


  • Sloan Lindemann Distinguished Professor of Biology, Brown University. 2005-presente.
  • Director, Environmental Change Initiative, Brown University,2005-presente.
  • Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University, 2005-presente.
  • Profesor Titular ad honorem, Cátedra de Ecología, Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente, Facultad de Agronomía, UBA. 2007-.
  • Profesor Titular Plenario, Cátedra de Ecología, Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente, Facultad de Agronomía, UBA. 1990-2007.
  • Investigador Superior, CONICET, Carrera del Investigador Científico.
  • Presidente, Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), 2005-2008.
  • Advisor, National Science Foundation, Environmental Research and Education, 2007-presente.
  • Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, 2004-presente.
  • Miembro, Science Council, The Nature Conservancy 2005-2007.
  • Presidente de la Red Latino Americana de Botánica, RLB. 2001-2004.
  • Miembro del “Governing Board” de la Ecological Society of America, 2002-2004.
  • Editor de la revista Global Change Biology, Blackwell Scientific, 2003-2004.
  • Miembro del comité editorial de la revista Oecologia, Springer-Verlag, 1994-2004.
  • Miembro del comité editorial de la revista Ecosystems, Springer-Verlag, 1997-2004.
  • Miembro del comité editorial de la revista Climate Research, Inter Research Academic Publishers, 1992-presente.
  • Miembro del comité científico del International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP), 1994-1996.

Áreas de interés en investigación

  • Biodiversidad.
  • Cambio global.
  • Ecología de pastizales áridos

Premios y distinciones

  • Académico, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, USA, 2003.
  • Académico, Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Buenos Aires, 2003.
  • Premio Bernardo Houssay 2003.
  • Premio Konex 2003.
  • Académico, Academia Nacional de Ciencias, Córdoba, Argentina, 2002.
  • Guggenheim fellow 1993.
  • Premio Bernardo Houssay 1987.

Cursos que dictó en la EPG

  • Biodiversidad
  • Ecología de zonas áridas
  • Ecología de pastizales
  • Fundamentos y recientes avances de Ecología

Formación de recursos humanos

  • Cantidad total de tesis doctorales o de maestrías dirigidas: 11
  • Cantidad de tesis doctorales o de maestrías que dirige actualmente: 2

Publicaciones (últimos 5 años)

  • Cid, M. S., C. M. Ferri, M. A. Brizuela, and O. E. Sala. Structural heterogeneity and productivity of a tall fescue pasture grazed rotationally by cattle at four stocking densities. Grassland Science (In press).
  • Yahdjian, L., and O. E. Sala. 2007. Do litter decomposition and nitrogen mineralization show the same trend in the response to dry and wet years in the Patagonian steppe? Journal Arid Environments (In press).
  • Flombaum, P., and O. E. Sala. 2007. A non-destructive and rapid method to estimate biomass and aboveground net primary production in arid environments. Journal Arid Environments 69:352-358.
  • Knapp, A. K., J. M. Briggs, D. L. Childers, and O. E. Sala. 2007. Estimating Aboveground Net Primary Production in Grassland and Herbaceous Dominated Ecosystems. Pages 27-48 in T. J. Fahey and A. K. Knapp, editors. Principles and Standards for Measuring Primary Production. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Peters, D., O. E. Sala, C. Allen, A. Covich, and M. Brunson. 2007. Cascading events in linked ecological and socio-economic systems: Predicting change in an uncertain world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: 5 (4): 221-224
  • Yahdjian, L. and O.E. Sala. 2006. Vegetation structure constrains primary production response to increased water availability in the Patagonian steppe of Argentina. Ecology 87:952-962.
  • Austin, A. T., O.E. Sala, and R. B. Jackson. 2006. Inhibition of nitrification alters carbon turnover in the Patagonian steppe. Ecosystems 9:1257-1265.
  • Crisci, J., O.E. Sala, L. Katinas, P. Posadas. 2006. Bridging historical and ecological approaches in biogeography. Australian Systematic Botany 19:1-10.
  • van Vuuren, D.P., O.E. Sala and H.M. Pereira. 2006. The future of vascular plant diversity under four global scenarios. Ecology and Society 11 (2):25.
  • Yahdjian, L., O. E. Sala, and A. T. Austin. 2006. Differential controls of water input on litter decomposition and nitrogen dynamics in the Patagonian Steppe. Ecosystems 9:128-141
  • Sala, O. E., D. van Vuuren, H. Pereira, D. Lodge, J. Alder, G. S. Cumming, A. Dobson, W. Volters, and M. Xenopoulos. 2005. Biodiversity across Scenarios. in S. R. Carpenter and P. Pingali, editors. The Global Scenarios Assessment, Island Press, Washington DC.
  • Adler, P. B., D. G. Milchunas, O. E. Sala, I. C. Burke, and W. K. Lauenroth. 2005. Plant traits and ecosystem grazing effects: Comparison of U.S. sagebrush steppe and Patagonian steppe. Ecological Applications 15:774-792.
  • Pancotto, V. A., O. E. Sala, T. M. Robson, M. M. Caldwell, and A. L. Scopel. 2005. Direct and indirect effects of solar ultraviolet-B radiation on long-term decomposition. Global Change Biology 11: 1982-1989.
  • Cumming, G. S., J. Alcamo, O. E. Sala, R. Swart, E. M. Bennett, and M. Zurek. 2005. Are existing global scenarios consistent with ecological feedbacks? Ecosystems 8:143-152.
  • Meyerson, L. A., J. Baron, J. M. Melillo, R. J. Naiman, R. I. O’Malley, G. Orians, M. A. Palmer, A. S. P. Pfaff, S. W. Running, and O. E. Sala. 2005. Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: can we take the pulse of nature? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3:56-59
  • Huxman, T. E., M. D. Smith, P. A. Fay, A. K. Knapp, M. R. Shaw, M. E. Loik, S. D. Smith, D. T. Tissue, J. C. Zak, J. F. Weltzin, W. T. Pockman, O. E. Sala, B. Haddad, J. Harte, G. W. Koch, S. Schwinning, E. E. Small, and D. G. Williams. 2004. Convergence across biomes to a common rain-use efficiency. Nature 429:651-654
  • Lauenroth, W. K., H. E. Epstein, J. M. Paruelo, I. C. Burke, M. R. Aguiar, and O. E. Sala. 2004. Potential effects of climate change on the temperate zones of North and South America. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 77:439-453
  • Schwinning, S., and O. E. Sala. 2004. Hierarchy of responses to resource pulses in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. Oecologia 141: 211-220
  • Schwinning, S., O. E. Sala, M. Loik, and J. Ehleringer. 2004. Thresholds, memory, and seasonality: understanding pulse dynamics in arid/semiarid ecosystems. Oecologia 141: 191-193
  • Robson, T. M., V. A. Pancotto, C. L. Ballaré, O. E. Sala, A. L. Scopel, and M. M. Caldwell. 2004. Reduction of solar UV-B mediates changes in the Sphagnum capitulum microenvironment and the peatland microfungal community. Oecologia 140:480-490
  • Adler, P. B., D. G. Milchunas, W. K. Lauenroth, O. E. Sala, and I. C. Burke. 2004. Functional traits of graminoids in semi-arid steppes: a test of grazing histories. Journal of Applied Ecology 41:653-663
  • Zaller, J. G., P. S. Searles, M. M. Caldwell, S. D. Flint, A. L. Scopel, and O. E. Sala. 2004. Growth responses to ultraviolet-B radiation of two Carex species dominating an Argentinean fen ecosystem. Basic and Applied Ecology 5: 153-162.
  • Giordano, C. V., T. Mori, O. E. Sala, A. L. Scopel, M. M. Caldwell, and C. L. Ballaré. 2003. Functional acclimation to solar UV-B radiation in Gunnera magellanica, a native plant species of southernmost Patagonia. Plant Cell and Environment 26: 2027-2036
  • López, N. I., A. T. Austin, O. E. Sala, and B. S. Méndez. 2003. Controls on nitrification in a water-limited ecosystem: experimental inhibition of ammonia-oxidising bacteria in the Patagonian steppe. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 35: 1609-1613.
  • Zaller, J. G., P. S. Searles, M. C. Rousseaux, S. D. Flint, M. M. Caldwell, O. E. Sala, C. L. Ballaré, and A. L. Scopel. 2003. Solar ultraviolet-B radiation can affect slug-feeding preference for some plant species native to a fen ecosystem in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Plant Ecology. 169: 43-51.
  • Ollinger, S., O. E. Sala, G. Agren, B. Berg, E. Davidson, C. B. Field, M. Lerdau, J. Neff, M. Scholes, and R. Sterner. 2003. New frontiers in the study of element interactions. Pages 63-91 In J. M. Melillo, C. B. Field, and B. Moldan, editors. Interactions of the major biogeochemical cycles: Global change and human impacts. Island Press, Washington, DC.
  • Robson, T. M., V. A. Pancotto, S. D. Flint, C. L. Ballaré, O. E. Sala, A. L. Scopel, and M. M. Caldwell. 2003. Six years of solar UV-B manipulations affect growth of Sphagnum and vascular plants in a Tierra del Fuego peatland. New Phytologist 160: 379-389.
  • Pancotto, V. A., O. E. Sala, M. Cabello, N. I. López, T. M. Robson, C. L. Ballare, M. M. Caldwell, and A. L. Scopel. 2003. Solar UV-B decreases decomposition in herbaceous plant litter in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina: Potential role of an altered decomposer community. Global Change Biology 9:1465-1474.
  • Sala, O.E. 2003. Almost all about biodiversity. Science 299: 1521.
  • Veron, S. R., J. M. Paruelo, O.E. Sala, and W.K. Lauenroth. 2002. Environmental controls of primary production in agricultural systems of the Argentine Pampas. Ecosystems. 5: 625-635.
  • Yahdjian, L., and O. E. Sala. 2002. A rainout shelter design for intercepting different amounts of rainfall. Oecologia 133:95-101.
  • Loreau, M., A. Downing, M. Emmerson, A. Gonzalez, J. Hughes, P. Inchausti, J. Joshi, J. Norberg, and O. E. Sala. 2002. A new look at the relationship between diversity and stability. Pages 79-91. In M. Loreau, S. Naeem, and P. Inchausti, editors. Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: synthesis and perspectives. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Zaller, J. G., M. M. Caldwell, S. D. Flint, A. L. Scopel, O. E. Sala, and C. L. Ballaré. 2002. Solar UV-B radiation affects below-ground parameters in a fen ecosystem in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina: implications of stratospheric ozone depletion. Global Change Biology. 8: 867-871.
  • Folgarait, P. J., and O. E. Sala. 2002. Granivory rates by rodents, insects, and birds at different microsites in the Patagonian steppe. Ecography. 25: 417-427.
  • Austin, A. T., and O. E. Sala. 2002. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics across a natural precipitation gradient in Patagonia, Argentina. Journal of Vegetation Science. 13: 351-360.
  • Jobbágy, E., O. E. Sala, and J. M. Paruelo. 2002. Patterns and controls of primary production in the Patagonian steppe: a remote sensing approach. Ecology. 83:307-319.
  • Próximas defensas

    • 19/02/2024

      06/03 Defensa de tesis Natalia Cantelmi

    • 16/02/2024

      20/03 Defensa de tesis Lucía Worcel

    • 14/02/2024

      01/03 Defensa de tesis Paolo Adrian Sussini

    • 07/02/2024

      20/02 Defensa de tesis Leila Mariam Hamze

    • 05/01/2024

      16/02 Defensa de Trabajo Final de Jose Francisco Leiva.

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