diego_19-12-20_smallDiego Vázquez, group leader; Principal Researcher, CONICET; Associate Professor, National University of Cuyo.
Interests: Everything in this web site, especially community ecology, plant-animal interactions, mutualism, ecological networks, invasions biology.


nydiaFlorencia Miguel, post-doctoral researcher.
Interests: community ecology, plant-plant and plant-animal interactions, ecological networks, effects of anthropogenic activities on ecological interactions.
Micaela Santos, post-doctoral researcher.
Interests: Community and landscape ecology, plant-animal and animal-animal interactions, interaction networks, habitat networks.

nydiaNydia Vitale, post-doctoral researcher.
Interests: community ecology, particularly of arid environments, climate change and its effect on biodiversity.


Alisa (Lisi) Álvarez, doctoral fellow, CONICET; doctoral student, UN Cuyo.
Interests: Impacts of plant invasions, livestock grazing and tourism in mountain environments.
Virginia Chirilá, doctoral fellow, CONICET.
Interests: Community ecology, conservation ecology, landscape ecology, plant-animal interactions, environmental gradients, ecosystem management, botany.
Mary dos Reis Diniz, doctoral fellow, FONCYT. Coming soon!
Interests: Plant-bee-parasitoid interactions, population and community ecology, ecological networks, solitary bees, species distribution.
María Paula Pascual Tudanca, doctoral fellow, CONICET.
Interests: Community ecology, conservation ecology, ecological interactions, exotic species.
Benjamin Schwarz, doctoral student, University of Freiburg, Germany. Co-mentored by Diego (together with Jochen Fründ and Carsten Dormann).
Interests: Ecological interaction networks, the mechanisms determining their structure and the links between network structure and functioning/stability.


Yamila Leguizamón, undergraduate student in Biology, UN Cuyo.
Interests: Honeybee impacts on native bees in natural areas.
Rosario Miranda, undergraduate student in Biology, UN Cuyo.
Interests: community ecology, plant-animal and animal-animal interactions, competition, mutualism, anthropogenic disruption of interactions.

Museum specimens (former lab members)

Undergraduate students

  • Belén Maldonado, 2009-2010
  • Marina Alma, 2012-2013
  • Juliana Arias, 2014
  • Juan Manuel Drack, 2016
  • María Paula Pascual Tudanca, 2019-2020

Doctoral students

  • Rodolfo Carrara, 2005-2009
  • Valeria Aschero, 2005-2011
  • Jimena Dorado, 2006-2012
  • Erica Stevani, 2008-2015
  • Silvina Velez, 2009-2013
  • Belén Maldonado, 2012-2017
  • Ana Mazzolari, 2012-2017
  • Nydia Vitale, 2010-2017
  • Micaela Santos, 2015-2020

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Natacha Chacoff, 2006-2008
  • Silvia Lomáscolo, 2008-2010
  • Juan Álvarez, 2008-2010
  • Verónica Chillo, 2012-2014
  • Natalia Schroeder, 2013-2015
  • Hugo Marrero, 2014-2017
  • Guadalupe Peralta, 2015-2017

CONICET researchers

  • Natacha Chacoff, 2008-2012
  • Ramiro Ovejero, 2016-2017
  • Jimena Dorado, 2015-2019
  • Natalia Schroeder, 2015-2020

Lab technicians

  • Erica Stevani, 2006-2008
  • Nydia Vitale, 2008-2010
  • Georgina Amico, 2011-2015

The group during the annual retreat in Ñacuñán Biosphere Reserve in July 2016. From left to right: Ana Mazzolari, Natalia Schroeder, Hugo Marrero, Belén Maldonado, Julia Tavella (visiting from Córdoba), Guadalupe Peralta, Nydia Vitale, Ramiro Ovejero, Micaela Santos, Juan Manuel Drack, Luciano Cagnolo (visiting from Córdoba), Diego Vázquez and Jimena Dorado.
Farewell party for Silvia Lomáscolo in January 2014, with current and former lab members and their families.
The group in December 2009.
The group in 2006.