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Laura Yahdjian

Laura Yahdjian

Research Scientist, IFEVA-CONICET

University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires,


  • Research Scientist, IFEVA-CONICET


  • PhD, Agronomy, University of Buenos Aires, 2004
  • Licenciatura (degree equivalent to BS and MS combined), Biology, University of Buenos Aires, 1995

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Journal Articles


Yahdjian, L., O. E. Sala, J. M. Pineiro-Guerra, A. K. Knapp, S. L. Collins, R. P. Phillips and M. D. Smith. 2021. Why coordinated distributed experiments should go global. BioScience 71(9): 918–927. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biab033. (link )


Araujo, P. I., J. M. Pineiro-Guerra, L. Yahdjian, M. M. Acreche, C. Alvarez, C. R. Alavarez, A. Costantini, J. Chalco Vera, J. De Telleria, T. Della Chiesa, N. A. Lewczuk, M. Petrasek, C. Piccinetti, L. Picone, S. I. Portela, G. Posse, M. Seijo, C. Videla and G. Pineiro. 2020. Drivers of N2O emissions from natural forests and grasslands differ in space and time. Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s10021-020-00522-7. (link )

Bharath, S., E. T. Borer, L. A. Biederman, D. M. Blumenthal, P. A. Fay, L. A. Gherardi, J. M. Knops, A. D. Leakey, L. Yahdjian and E. W. Seabloom. 2020. Nutrient addition increases grassland sensitivity to droughts. Ecology 101(5):e02981. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2981. (link )

Ochoa-Hueso, R., E. T. Borer, E. W. Seabloom, S. E. Hobbie, A. C. Risch, S. L. Collins, J. Alberti, H. A. Bahamonde, C. S. Brown, M. C. Caldeira, P. Daleo, C. R. Dickman, A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, E. H. Esch, A. Eskelinen, V. Fernandez, S. Gusewell, B. Gutierrez-Larruga, K. S. Hofmockel, R. Laungani, E. M. Lind, A. Lopez, R. L. McCulley, J. L. Moore, P. Peri, S. A. Power, J. N. Price, S. M. Prober, C. Roscher, J. M. Sarneel, M. Schütz, J. Siebert, R. J. Standish, S. Velazco-Ayuso, R. Virtanen, G. M. Wardle, G. Wiehl, L. Yahdjian and T. Zamin. 2020. Microbial processing of plant remains is co-limited by multiple nutrients in global grasslands. Global Change Biology 26(8):4572-4582. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15146. (link )


Komatsu, K., M. L. Avolio, N. P. Lemoine, F. Isbell, E. Grman, G. R. Houseman, S. E. Koerner, D. S. Johnson, K. R. Wilcox, J. M. Alatalo, J. P. Anderson, R. Aerts, S. G. Baer, A. H. Baldwin, J. Bates, C. Beierkuhnlein, R. T. Belote, J. Blair, J. M. Bloor, P. J. Bohlen, E. W. Bork, E. H. Boughton, W. D. Bowman, A. J. Britton, J. F. Cahill Jr, E. Chaneton, N. R. Chiariello, J. Cheng, S. L. Collins, J. H. Cornelissen, G. Du, A. Eskelinen, J. Fim, B. Foster, L. Gough, K. Gross, L. M. Hallett, X. Han, H. Harmens, M. J. Hovenden, A. Jagerbrand, A. Jentsch, C. Kern, K. Klanderud, A. K. Knapp, J. Kreyling, W. Li, Y. Luo, R. L. McCulley, J. R. McLaren, J. P. Megonigal, J. W. Morgan, V. G. Onipchenko, S. C. Pennings, J. Prevey, J. N. Price, P. B. Reich, C. H. Robinson, F. L. Russell, O. E. Sala, E. W. Seabloom, M. D. Smith, N. A. Soudzilovskaia, L. Souza, K. N. Suding, K. B. Suttle, T. Svejcar, D. Tilman, P. M. Tognetti, R. Turkington, S. R. White, Z. Xu, L. Yahdjian, Q. Yu, P. Zhang and Y. Zhang. 2019. Global change effects on plant communities are magnified by time and the number of global change factors imposed. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116(36):17867-17873. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1819027116. (link )

Risch, A. C., S. Zimmermann, R. Ochoa-Hueso, M. Schütz, B. Frey, J. Firn, P. A. Fay, F. Hagedorn, E. T. Borer, E. W. Seabloom, W. S. Harpole, J. M. Knops, R. L. McCulley, A. A. Broadbent, C. J. Stevens, M. Silveira, P. B. Adler, S. Baez, L. A. Biederman, J. M. Blair, C. S. Brown, M. C. Caldeira, S. L. Collins, P. Daleo, A. di Virgilio, A. Ebeling, N. Eisenhauer, E. Esch, A. Eskelinen, N. Hagenah, Y. Hautier, K. P. Kirkman, A. S. MacDougall, J. L. Moore, S. A. Power, S. M. Prober, C. Roscher, M. Sankaran, J. Siebert, K. L. Speziale, P. M. Tognetti, R. Virtanen, L. Yahdjian and B. Moser. 2019. Soil net nitrogen mineralisation across global grasslands. Nature Communications 10:Art. 4981. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12948-2. (link )

Velazco-Ayuso, S., G. R. Oñatibia, F. Maestre and L. Yahdjian. 2019. Grazing pressure interacts with aridity to determine the development and diversity of biological soil crusts in Patagonian rangelands. Land Degradation & Development 31(4):488-499. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.3465. (link )


Vilardo, G., P. M. Tognetti, A. Gonzalez-Arzac and L. Yahdjian. 2018. Soil arthropod composition differs between old-fields dominated by exotic plant species and remnant native grasslands. Acta Oecologica 91(Aug):57-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2018.06.003. (link )


Flombaum, P., L. Yahdjian and O. E. Sala. 2017. Global-change drivers of ecosystem functioning modulated by natural variability and saturating responses. Global Change Biology 23(2):503-511. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13441. (link )

Knapp, A. K., M. L. Avolio, C. Beier, C. J. Carroll, S. L. Collins, J. S. Dukes, L. H. Fraser, R. J. Griffin-Nolan, D. L. Hoover, A. Jentsch, M. E. Loik, R. P. Phillips, A. K. Post, O. E. Sala, I. J. Slette, L. Yahdjian and M. D. Smith. 2017. Pushing precipitation to the extremes in distributed experiments: Recommendations for simulating wet and dry years. Global Change Biology 23(51774-1782):. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13504. (link )

Wilcox, K. R., Z. Shi, L. A. Gherardi, N. P. Lemoine, S. E. Koerner, D. L. Hoover, E. W. Bork, K. M. Byrne, J. F. Cahill Jr, S. L. Collins, S. Evans, A. K. Gilgen, P. Holub, L. Jiang, A. K. Knapp, D. LeCain, J. Liang, P. Garcia-Palacios, J. Penuelas, W. T. Pockman, M. D. Smith, S. Sun, S. R. White, L. Yahdjian, K. Zhu and Y. Luo. 2017. Asymmetric responses of primary productivity to precipitation extremes: A synthesis of grassland precipitation manipulation experiments. Global Change Biology 23(10):4376-4385. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13706. (link )

Wilcox, K. R., A. T. Tredennick, S. E. Koerner, E. Grman, L. M. Hallett, M. L. Avolio, K. J. La Pierre, G. R. Houseman, F. Isbell, D. S. Johnson, J. M. Alatalo, A. H. Baldwin, E. W. Bork, E. H. Boughton, W. D. Bowman, A. J. Britton, J. F. Cahill Jr, S. L. Collins, G. Du, A. Eskelinen, L. Gough, A. Jentsch, C. Kern, K. Klanderud, A. K. Knapp, J. Kreyling, Y. Luo, J. R. McLaren, P. Megonigal, V. G. Onipchenko, J. Prevey, J. N. Price, C. H. Robinson, O. E. Sala, M. D. Smith, N. A. Soudzilovskaia, L. Souza, D. Tilman, S. R. White, Z. Xu, L. Yahdjian, Q. Yu, P. Zhang and Y. Zhang. 2017. Asynchrony among local communities stabilizes ecosystem function of meta-communities. Ecology Letters 20(12):1534-1545. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12861. (link )

Yahdjian, L., P. M. Tognetti and E. Chaneton. 2017. Plant functional composition affects soil processes in novel successional grasslands. Functional Ecology 31(9):1813-1323. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12885. (link )


Yahdjian, L., O. E. Sala and K. M. Havstad. 2015. Rangeland ecosystem services: Shifting focus from supply to reconciling supply and demand. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13(1):44-51. DOI: 10.1890/140156. (link )


Yahdjian, L., L. A. Gherardi and O. E. Sala. 2014. Grasses have larger response than shrubs to increased nitrogen availability: A fertilization experiment in the Patagonian steppe. Journal of Arid Environments 102(Mar):17-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2013.11.002. (link )


Gherardi, L. A., O. E. Sala and L. Yahdjian. 2013. Preference for different inorganic nitrogen forms among plant-functional types and species of the Patagonian steppe. Oecologia 173(3):1075-1081. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2687-7. (link )


Yahdjian, L., L. A. Gherardi and O. E. Sala. 2011. Nitrogen limitation in arid-subhumid ecosystems: A meta-analysis of fertilization studies. Journal of Arid Environments 75(8):675-680. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.03.003. (link )

Yahdjian, L. and O. E. Sala. 2011. El Futuro de los Pastizales Sudamericanos. Interciencia 36(2):153-159. (link )


Yahdjian, L. and O. E. Sala. 2010. Size of precipitation pulses controls nitrogen transformation and losses in an arid Patagonian ecosystem. Ecosystems 13(4):575-585. DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s10021-010-9341-6. (link )


Yahdjian, L. and O. E. Sala. 2008. Climate change impacts on South American rangelands. Rangelands 30(3):34-39. DOI: 10.2111/1551-501X(2008)30[34:CCIOSA]2.0.CO;2. (link )

Yahdjian, L. and O. E. Sala. 2008. Do litter decomposition and nitrogen mineralization show the same trend in the response to dry and wet years in the Patagonian steppe?. Journal of Arid Environments 72(5):687-695. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2007.09.005. (link )


Yahdjian, L. and O. E. Sala. 2006. Vegetation structure constrains primary production response to increased water availability in the Patagonian steppe. Ecology 87(4):952-962. DOI: 10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[952:VSCPPR]2.0.CO;2 Cited by: 110. (link )

Yahdjian, L., O. E. Sala and A. T. Austin. 2006. Differential controls of water input on little decomposition and nitrogen dynamics in the Patagonian steppe. Ecosystems 9(1):128-141. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-004-0118-7. (link )


Yahdjian, L. and O. E. Sala. 2002. A rainout shelter design for intercepting different amounts of rainfall. Oecologia 133(2):95-101. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-002-1024-3. (link )

Book Chapters


Sala, O. E., L. Yahdjian, K. M. Havstad and M. R. Aguiar. 2017. Rangeland ecosystem services: Nature's supply and humans' demands. Pp. 467-489 In: Briske, D. D. ed., Rangeland Systems: Processes, Management and Challenges. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-46707-8. (link )