Sandra Luque (PhD HDR) is Research Director at the Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement INRAE at the Integrated Unit (UMR TETIS Land, environment, remote sensing and spatial information), France. She is leading a Research Group in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services methods, that develops innovative coupling models with remote sensing providing spatial explicit operational solutions in answer to global change problems.
She is a landscape ecologist, interested on spatial heterogeneity and landscape patterns implications for communities, and ecosystem processes. She focuses on the key role that the human dimension imprints on the obvious and subtle impacts on ecosystems and cross-cutting issues in relation to sustainable development goals, concepts and tools. She is a former NASA Fellow on Global Change Research from the Earth Observation Program, USA. Graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She served as nominated Expert for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She is Chair for the IUFRO Division 8 on Forest Environment. She serves the board of INTECOL as Chair Science Committee. She served IALE as elected Vice-president for nine years and she received the IALE Award for Distinguished Services to the Society. She is also member of different evaluations panels and programs for the European Union on Innovation programs and Research Academies of Finland, France, Germany, and Switzerland. She is also member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) College of Expert Reviewers. She has authored articles and book chapters on forest landscape ecology, remote sensing, temporal and spatial changes, lately she published on conservation value, ecosystem services and RS-EBV’s (Essential Biodiversity variables derived from Remote Sensing).