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I am a soil ecologist with a particular interest in the soil microbiomes (bacteria and fungi). I study their diversity and function, how are they modified by different plant species, how are they affected by perturbations and what are the consequences for ecosystem functioning. My research mainly focuses on the effects of drought and land management in grasslands, two major threads that are expected to increase due climate change and the ever-increasing demand for food production. My ultimate goal is not only to produce new insights into the mechanisms by which soil microbiomes respond to climate extremes, but will also to generate new knowledge fundamental to better understanding the challenges that our grasslands and global food security will face in the future. My research is funded by a BBSRC Discovery Fellowship. 


Email: irene.cordero@manchester.ac.uk

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Ramon Areces Fellow, Fundacion Ramon Areces

1 Oct 201630 Sep 2018

PhD student, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

16 Sep 200914 Jul 2015

Master student, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)

1 Jan 200915 Sep 2009

Areas of expertise

  • QH301 Biology
  • Soil Science
  • Ecology
  • microbial ecology
  • Climate Change

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


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