Rafaella Canessa Mesias M. Sc.


+49 6421 28-28950 rafaella.canessamesias@geo 1 Deutschhausstraße 10
35032 Marburg
F|12 Deutsches Haus


Philipps-Universität Marburg Geographie (Fb19) Physische Geographie Biogeographie und Hochgebirgsforschung Ökologische Pflanzengeographie

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    January 2016 – Present

    PhD student, University of Marburg. PhD thesis: “Experimental investigation of interactive plant-trait and climate effects on soil carbon inputs (plant productivity and litter decomposition) along the Chilean coastal cordillera”, Earth Shape research program.

    May – November 2015

    Research assistant at Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad (IEB-Chile). FONDEF Project “Integrated system of project planning for restoration of forest ecosystems in Chile”.

    March 2013 – April 2015

    Master student in Sciences, major in Botany, Universidad de Concepción (Chile). Master thesis: “Species distribution and functional trait variation of alien plant species across a light gradient in Puyehue National Park”.

    August 2012 – March 2013

    Research assistant at Fundación Senda Darwin and ASI Conserva Chile A.G. in the project “Diagnosis and characterization of private conservation initiatives in Chile”. GEF-PNUD Project N°59602: “Creación de un sistema nacional integral de áreas protegidas para Chile”.

    2008 – 2012

    Bachelor in Biological Sciences. Biologist, major in Natural Resources and Environment, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile). Undergraduate thesis: “Local scale variation of hydraulic and foliar traits of Aextoxicon punctatum in a moisture gradient generated by fog”.

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    My research focus is plant functional ecology. I study the distribution patterns of plants in different ecosystems (from deserts to forests), their functional responses to changes in environmental conditions, and their relationship with ecosystem processes . My research lines are also related to plant invasion ecology, epiphyte ecology, and restoration ecology.

    My current PhD thesis focus on linking plant functional traits and ecosystem processes in Chilean terrestrial ecosystems (arid desert, semi-arid shrubland, mediterranean and temperate forests). Particularly, I’m moved to understand the role of plant functional traits and climatic factors on litter decomposition and productivity.

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    ISI Publications   

    • CANESSA R; SALDAÑA A; RÍOS RS, GIANOLI E (2018) Functional trait variation predicts distribution of alien plant species across the light gradient in a temperate rainforest. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 32: 49–55.
    • BERNHARD N., L.-M. MOSKWA, R. OESER, R. CANESSA, M.Y. BADER, K. BAUMANN, F. VON BLANCKEN-BURG, J. BOY, L. VAN DEN BRINK, E. BRUCKER, M. DIPPOLD, T. EHLERS, J.P. FUENTES, R. GODOY, M. KÖSTER, Y. KUZYAKOV, P. LEINWEBER, H. NEIDHARDT, F. MATUS, C.W. MUELLER, Y. OELMANN, R. OSES, P. OSSES, L. PAULINO, M. SCHALLER, M. SCHMID, K. SCHMIDT, S. SPIELVOGEL, M. SPOHN, S. STOCK, N. STRONCIK, K. TIELBÖRGER, K. ÜBERNICKEL, T. SCHOLTEN, O. SEGUEL, D. WAGNER, P. KÜHN (in revision). Pedogenic and microbial response to regional climate and local topography: in-sights from a climate gradient (arid to humid) on granitoid parent material in Chile. Catena 170 (2018) 335–355.
    • OESER, R., N. STRONCIK, L.-M. MOSKWA, N. BERNHARD, M. SCHALLER, R. CANESSA, L. VAN DEN BRINK, M. KÖSTER, E. BRUCKER, S. STOCK, J.P. FUENTES, R. GODOY, F.J. MATUS, R. OSES PEDRAZA, P. OSSES MCINTYRE, L. PAULINO, O. SEGUEL, M.Y. BADER, J. BOY, M.A. DIPPOLD, T.A. EHLERS, P. KÜHN, Y. KUZYAKOV, P. LEINWEBER, T. SCHOLTEN, S. SPIELVOGEL, M. SPOHN, K. ÜBERNICKEL, K. TIELBÖRGER, D. WAGNER & F. VON BLANCKENBURG (2018) Chemistry and microbiology of the critical zone along a steep climate and vegetation gradient in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera. Catena 170 (2018) 183–203.
    • DJUKIC I, KEPFER-ROJAS S, SCHMIDT IK, LARSEN KS, BEIER C, BERG B, VERHEYEN K, ET AL. (2018) Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment, 628–629:1369-1394. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.012.
    • FERNÁNDEZ R, MORENO M, CANESSA R, MARDONES D, VIVEROS N, SALDAÑA A (2016). Relación entre la amplitud ecológica de epífitas vasculares y sus respuestas ecofisiológicas a la disponibilidad de luz y humedad en el bosque esclerófilo mediterráneo costero de Chile. Gayana Botánica. 73(1):68-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-66432016000100009.
    • SALGADO-NEGRET B; CANESSA R; VALLADARES F; ARMESTO J; PÉREZ F (2015) Functional traits variation explains the distribution of Aextoxicon punctatum (Aextoxicaceae) in pronounced moisture gradients within fog-dependent forest fragments. Frontiers in Plant Science. 6:511. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00511.
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    • SALDAÑA A, MARDONES D, CANESSA R, FUENTES N (2016). Plantas Invasoras en el Bosque Valdiviano: Patrones de distribución, mecanismos y estimación de riesgo de invasión. In CORCUERA E (Ed.) Especies Exóticas Invasoras en Áreas Protegidas de Chile (pp. 65-67). Santiago, Chile: GEF/MMA/PNUD.

    • CANESSA R (2016). Conium maculatum L. and Acacia dealbata Link. In HERRERA I, GONCALVES EJ, PAUCHARD A, BUSTAMANTE RO (Eds.) Manual de Plantas Invasoras de Sudamérica (pp. 16-17 and 36-37). Chile. ISBN 978-956-362-998-9.

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