Department of Ecology - IFEVA
School of Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires - CONICET, Argentina
His interests in ecology span from the arid ecosystems of Patagonia to global change issues with a focus on ecosystem-level questions including primary production, ecosystem-water dynamics, and most recently, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. He is using a diverse set of tools in pursuing those interests ranging from field manipulations to ecosystem simulation models.
Pr sala is also interested in coordinating international research projects. For example, he led an international group who developed scenarios for biodiversity change in the next century. He has been a member of the scientific steering committee of International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems where he led Focus 4 Biodiversity and Global Change, and DIVERSITAS. He also served as president of the Argentinean Society of Ecology. Currently, he is the Secretary General of Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE).
2004 Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University
2003 American Academy of Arts and Sciences, USA, Elected Member
2003 National Academy of Physical and Natural Sciences, Buenos Aires, Elected Member
2003 Konex Platinum Award on Science and Technology
2003 Bernardo Houssay award for scientific accomplishments, Argentina
2002 National Academy of Sciences, Córdoba, Argentina, Elected Member
1993 Guggenheim Fellow (link to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation)
1987 Bernardo Houssay award for scientific accomplishments, Argentina
Sala, O. E. 2001. Price put on biodiversity. Nature 412:34-36.
Clark, J. S., S. R. Carpenter, M. Barber, S. Collins, A. Dobson, J. Foley, D. Lodge, M. Pascual, R. Pielke, W. Pizer, C. Pringle, W. V. Reid, K. A. Rose, O. E. Sala, W. Schlesinger, D. H. Wall, and D. Wear. 2001. Ecological forecasts: an emerging imperative. Science 293:657-660.
Sala, O. E., F. S. Chapin, J. J. Armesto, E. Berlow, J. Bloomfield, R. Dirzo, E. Huber-Sanwald, L. F. Huenneke, R. B. Jackson, A. Kinzig, R. Leemans, D. M. Lodge, H. A. Mooney, M. Oesterheld, N. L. Poff, M. T. Sykes, B. H. Walker, M. Walker, and D. H. Wall. 2000. Global biodiversity scenarios for the year 2100. Science 287:1770-1774.
Jobbágy, E., and O. E. Sala. 2000. Controls of grass and shrub aboveground production in the Patagonian steppe. Ecological Applications 10:541-549.
Chapin, F. S., E. S. Zavaleta, V. T. Eviner, R. L. Naylor, P. M. Vitousek, H. L. Reynolds, D. U. Hooper, S. Lavorel, O. E. Sala, S. E. Hobbie, M. C. Mack, and S. Diaz. 2000. Consequences of changing biodiversity. Nature 405:234-242.
Sala, O. E., F. S. Chapin III, R. H. Gardner, W. K. Lauenroth, H. A. Mooney, and P. S. Ramakrishnan. 1999. Global Change, Biodiversity and Ecological Complexity. Pages 304-328 in B. H. Walker, W. L. Steffen, J. Canadell, and J. S. I. Ingram, editors. The Terrestrial Biosphere and Global Change: Implications for Natural and Managed Ecosystems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Chapin, F. S., B. H. Walker, R. J. Hobbs, D. U. Hooper, J. H. Lawton, O. E. Sala, and D. Tilman. 1997. Biotic controls over the functioning of ecosystems. Science 277:500-504.
Paruelo, J.M., and O.E. Sala. 1995. Water losses in the Patagonian steppe: a modeling approach. Ecology 76:510-520.
Oesterheld, M., O.E. Sala and S.J. McNaughton. 1992. The effect of animal husbandry on herbivore-carrying capacity at a regional scale. Nature 356:234-236.
Sala, O.E., W.J. Parton, L.A. Joyce, and W.K. Lauenroth. 1988. Primary production of the central grassland region of the United States: spatial pattern and major controls. Ecology 69:40-45.