Rodrigo Vargas

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware


Invited expert & workshop participant to the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Dr. Rodrigo Vargas is a faculty member at the Department of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Delaware. He is also an Affiliate Professor at Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He was appointed as a Research Professor between 2010-2012 at the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) a top national research center in Mexico, where he acts now as an Adjunct Professor. In 2011 he served as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. In 2007 he received his PhD from the University of California-Riverside followed by a Postdoctoral position at the University of California-Berkeley (2007-2010). Dr. Vargas is a member of the Mexican National Researchers System (SNI-Level II) as recognition for his scientific productivity by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT). He has received support from the Fulbright Foundation, the Kearney Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the CONACyT. He is a member of the advisory editorial board for the journal Global Change Biology, and scientific adviser for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON; Co-Chair of the Fundamental Instrumentation Unit for soils) in the United States, the North American Forestry Commission, the Mexican Carbon Program, and the Mexican eddy covariance network (MexFlux). Dr. Vargas has published over 40 manuscripts in scientific journals. His research focuses on understanding how biophysical processes regulate carbon and water dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems. He studies soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to understand and quantify the response of terrestrial ecosystems to management, extreme events (e.g., hurricanes) and global change. His research spans from soil ecology to micrometeorological measurements of water and carbon fluxes at multiple spatial/temporal scales and vegetation types.