Felipe Albornoz Ramirez


  • The University of Western Australia (000), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I completed a BSc in Biological sciences at Pontifical Catholic University (Chile) in (2007-2011). I then worked on forest regeneration after fires in a temperate rainforest in southern Chile (2012). Later, I completed my PhD at The University of Western Australia (2012-2016). My PhD focused on how root symbionts, such as mycorrhizal fungi change over ecosystem development in a biodiversity hotspot. The most interesting finding of my thesis was the role of both mycorrhizal fungi and soil-borne pathogens in plant coexistence and potential in plant diversity. Later, I joined Oregon State University as a postdoc evaluating the role of native oomycetes in structuring plant communities in a temperate forest in southern Washington. This study aimed to identify the native oomycete community, their host range, and their role in plant coexistence. I then moved back to UWA as a Research Associate to study the role of agricultural land-use on the plant symbionts arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Currently, I am working at CSIRO studying the potential uses of mycorrhizal fungi in ecosystem restoration.

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 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Microbial Ecology, PhD, Changes in root symbionts during long-term soil and ecosystem development and their ecological role for the maintenance of plant diversity

20 Jul 201224 Oct 2016

Award Date: 24 Oct 2016

biological sciences, Honours, Nucleation-driven regeneration promotes post-fire recovery in a Chilean temperate forest, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

31 Mar 200331 Oct 2007

Award Date: 7 Oct 2011

External positions

Postdoctoral fellow, CSIRO - Land and Water

23 Dec 2020 → …

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Bioinformatics

Research expertise keywords

  • microbial ecology
  • mycorrhizal fungi


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