• 2010 PhD (Dr.Rer.Nat). Technische Universität München.
  • 2002 Forest engineer. Universidad de Chile
  • 2000 Bachellor Forest Sciences. Universidad de Chile.



Professorships and Research Positions

  • 2021 - present    Principal researcher. Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB-Chile)
  • 2015 - present    Assistant Professor. Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales Renovables, Facultad de Ciencias Agronómicas. Universidad de Chile.
  • 2013 – 2015       Adjunct Professor (ad honorem). Facultad de Ciencias Forestales y Recursos Naturales. Universidad Austral de Chile.


  • 2011 – 2013  Forest Ecology. Institute of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich.
  • 2010              Department of Ecological Modelling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Leipzig).

Phd researcher

  • 2006-2009    at UFZ & Technische Universität München.

Research Assistant

  • 2004-2005       Institute for Ecology and Biodiversity, Universidad de Chile (IEB)
  • 2002-2004       Center for Advanced Studies in Ecology and Biodiversity (CASEB). P. Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

as student

  • 2000-2002       Lab. Botanica. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile.

Research Technician

  • 2001-2002    Facultad de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia); Facultad de Ciencias & Cs. Forestales, Universidad de Chile (Santiago).




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Alvaro G. Gutierrez

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My work focuses on the dynamics and conservation of forests, with focus on documenting and anticipating the impacts of global change. I use a combination of approaches to explore how local interactions of trees with their environment, scale up to patterns of forest structure and distribution of tree species. My fieldwork has focused in temperate rainforests of southern South America.


Lab webpage: (spanish)



Alvaro G. Gutierrez


Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales y Recursos Naturales Renovables,
Universidad de Chile Twitter: @BosqueCiencia