Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Earth Observation Lab

Dr. Maria Piquer-Rodríguez

Dr. Maria Piquer-Rodríguez
Status Researcher picture Maria
E-Mail maria.piquer-rodriguez@geo.hu-berlin.de
Office location Rudower Chaussee 16, Room 2'218a
Phone +49 (0)30 2093-6870
Fax +49 (0)30 2093-6848
Postal address Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany

About me

I am an environmental scientist by training but very much feeling as a land-use scientist with interests in geopolitics, socio-environmental conflicts in dynamic landscapes and sustainability.

I study the territorial divergences of trans-national eco-regions in South America and the socio-economic factors that may explain differences in their human-natural systems. I am also interested in understanding the forces of land-use change in agricultural frontiers and how economic, conservation, or zoning policies can influence them now or in the future.

I coordinate the GLP Working Group LASELS (Socio-Ecological Land Systems of Latin America) link

#socio-ecological land systems, #borders, #frontiers, #governance, #impacts, #trade-offs


Current Project

  • Understanding differences in land systems and their social-ecological impacts within and across ecoregions in South America (website)


Curriculum Vitae

12/2019 - 11/2021

Geo.X Postdoctoral Researcher, Food for Justice Lab (LAI, FU Berlin) and Earth Observation Lab (HU Berlin) Germany


Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Regional Ecology (National University Tucuman-CONICET) Argentina


Postdoctoral Researcher, Conservation Biogeography Lab (HU Berlin) Germany

05/2011-03/3017 Doctoral Researcher, Conservation Biogeography Lab (HU Berlin) Germany


Research Assistant, Conservation Biogeography Lab (HU Berlin) Germany


Spatial Analyst, Urban Research Center, Univ. Western Sydney, Australia


Msc. Geo-Information, Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Bachelor Environmental Sciences, University Almeria, Spain

Selected Publications


M. Piquer-Rodriguez, M. Baumann, V. Butsic, H.I. Gasparri, G. Gavier-Pizarro, J.N. Volante, D. Muller, T. Kuemmerle. The potential impact of economic policies on future land-use conversions in Argentina. In: Land use policy, (79), pp. 57–67, 2018.


M. Piquer-Rodriguez, V. Butsic, P. Gartner, L. Macchi, M. Baumann, G. Pizarro Gavier, J. N. Volante, N. I. Gasparri, T. Kuemmerle. Drivers of agricultural land-use change in the Argentine Pampas and Chaco regions. In: Applied Geography, (91), pp. 111–122, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.01.004


M. Piquer-Rodriguez, S. Torella, G. Gavier-Pizarro, J. Volante, D. Somma, R. Ginzburg, T. Kuemmerle. Effects of past and future land conversions on forest connectivity in the Argentine Chaco. In: Landscape Ecology, (30), 5, pp. 817–833, 2015.

A full list of all publications is available at Research Gate