Maitane Iturrate-Garcia

Link to Research Group page (Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub)

Research Interests

My research interest is focus on the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of mass (CO2, CH4) and energy in terrestrial ecosystems, especially those under stress, such as Mediterranean and subarctic ecosystems. The aim of my doctoral research is to investigate the effects of biodiversity change on the vegetation-climate feedbacks related to the energy budget, at community and landscape levels, in a low-Arctic tundra ecosystem located in the Kytalyk Nature Reserve (Siberia). Terrestrial biodiversity and radiation measurements in the field in combination with satellite-inferred products and 3D radiative transfer models will be used to reach this aim.

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Education and Professional Positions

2013 - present Ph.D. student, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland. University Research Priority Program on Global Change and Biodiversity (URPP GCB)
2008 - 2012 Research assistant, Department Effects of Pollutants on Vegetation, Foundation Centre for Environmental Studies of the Mediterranean (CEAM), Valencia, Spain
2009 - 2010 M.Sc. in Environmental Pollution and Toxicology, University of Valencia, Spain
2007 - 2009 A.V.T. in Environmental Chemistry, Institute Vicente Blasco Ibañez, Spain
2006 - 2007 M.Sc. in Environmental Auditing and Management, University of Cadiz, Spain
2005 - 2006 Electronic Technician, JMP Engineers (private firm), La Rioja, Spain
2003 - 2005 A.V.T. in Electronics, Institute Inventor Cosme Garcia, Spain
1998 - 2003 B.Sc. in Marine Sciences with specialization in Marine Environment and Pollution, University of Vigo, Spain

Selected Publications

  • Iturrate-Garcia M., O’Brien MJ., Khitun O., Abiven S., Niklaus PA., Schaepman-Strub G. (2016) Interactive effects between plant functional types and soil factors on tundra species diversity and community composition. Ecology and Evolution, 6, 8126-8137. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2548