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About Sandra Varga

I am an evolutionary ecologist deeply interested in understanding how plants interact with their environment. I am a lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, having joined the School in 2014 as a Marie Curie Research Fellow. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) where I moved after obtaining my PhD from the University of Oulu (Finland).

Department Responsibilities

I teach in a range of modules including Ecology, Plant-Animal Interactions, and Plant Structure and Function, and I am the module leader for Plant-Animal Interactions. I am the Postgraduate research mentor for Life Sciences. I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Subject Specialism

Plant and mycorrhizal ecology


  • Fellow — Higher Education Academy, UK, 2018
  • Docent in Plant Ecology — University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 2016
  • PhD Plant Ecology — University of Oulu, Finland, 2010
  • MSc Plant Biology — Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2003


  • Marie Curie Individual Fellowship — European Commission,
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship — Academy of Finland,


Handling Editor for Scientific Reports Editorial board member for Flora

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Research Interests

  • Mycorrhizal ecology

  • Plant breeding system evolution

  • Plant ecology

  • plant sexual dimorphism

  • Plant-animal Interactions

  • Plant-fungal interactions

  • Pollination ecology

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • SIAM: Sex-specific interactions in arbuscular mycorrhizal in an ecological community context — awarded £131320 by European Commission in 2015
  • Evolution and significance of sex-specific interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants — awarded £189237 by Academy of Finland in 2011

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Botanical Society of America
  • Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
  • International Association for Vegetation Science
  • British Ecological Society