The group in March 2023 (with some absences, plus some presences that we refuse to let go). Top row, left to right: Virginia Chirilá, Florencia Miguel, Mélanie Roy, Diego Vázquez. Bottom row, left to right: Alisa Álvarez, Micaela Santos, María Pascual Tudanca, David de la Cruz, Alejandra Medero, Miranda Lede. Missing in picture: Mary Diniz, Gabriel Guerra.


nydiaFlorencia Miguel, Assistant Researcher, CONICET.
Interests: Community ecology, plant-plant and plant-animal interactions, ecological networks, effects of anthropogenic activities on ecological interactions.
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diego_19-12-20_smallMélanie Roy, visiting researcher affiliated with IFAECI and CNRS.
Interests: Plant-fungi interactions, fungal and soil biodiversity, environmental DNA.
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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.
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Micaela Santos, post-doctoral researcher.
Interests: Community and landscape ecology, plant-animal and animal-animal interactions, interaction networks, habitat networks.
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Virginia Chirilá, doctoral student at UN Salta, funded by CONICET.
Interests: Community ecology, conservation ecology, landscape ecology, plant-animal interactions, environmental gradients, ecosystem management, botany.
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David de la Cruz, doctoral student funded by CONICET.
Interests: Soil biodiversity, environmental DNA, ecological interactions, landscape ecology, astrobiology, science communication.
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Mary dos Reis Diniz, doctoral student at UN Cuyo, funded by FONCYT.
Interests: Plant-bee-parasitoid interactions, population and community ecology, ecological networks, solitary bees, species distribution.
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María Paula Pascual Tudanca, doctoral student at UN Córdoba, funded by CONICET.
Interests: Community ecology, conservation ecology, ecological interactions, exotic species.
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María Eugenia Vázquez Novoa, doctoral student at UN Córdoba.
Interests: Agroecology, plant community ecology, biodiversity, grazing effects, management of sustainable livestock systems.


Gabriel Guerra, undergraduate student in Natural Resources, UN Cuyo.
Interests: Response of solitary bees and plant-bee interactions to livestock grazing.


Alejandra Medero, Principal Professional, CONICET.
Main duties: Technical assitance with lab and field work, lab equipment maintenance. She makes the world go round.

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
  • Yamila Leguizamón, 2019-2020
  • Leonardo Ríos, 2021-2022
  • Rosario Miranda, 2020-2022
  • Miranda Lede, 2021-2022

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
  • Benjamin Schwarz, 2017-2021
  • Alisa (Lisi) Álvarez, 2019-2022

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
  • Nydia Vitale, 2017-2021

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 in May 2022 (with some absences). From left to right: Micaela Santos, Virginia Chirilá, Florencia Miguel, Rosario Miranda, Diego Vázquez, Alisa Álvarez, Mary Diniz, María Pascual Tudanca, Miranda Lede. Photo credit: Pablo Villagra.
The group plus some visiting colleagues and friends in 2019 during the annual retreat in Pampa del Leoncito. From left to right: Eugenia Vázquez Novoa, Micaela Santos, Lisi Álvarez, María Pascual Tudanca, Nydia Vitale, Joana Haedo, Florencia Miguel, Hugo Marrero, Mariana Allasino, Virginia Chirilá and Diego Vázquez.
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.