We are pleased to welcome Dr Alexia Stokes to the Associate Editorial Board of Annals of Forest Science.
Alexia Stokes is a Senior Researcher and deputy director of the Botany and modelling of plant architecture and vegetation lab (INRAE Montpellier, France).
Alexia studies the biophysical processes that lead to soil degradation, and how to improve soil conservation. In particular, her work focuses on shallow landslides and erosion in mountainous areas, and how to use ecological engineering techniques to stabilise soils on hillsides, with a focus on vegetation. Vegetation can be used and manipulated to improve soil structural stability by understanding the interactions between plant roots, soil and soil biota at different scales. Not limiting this approach to a single geographical region, her work encompasses the study of below-ground processes in several climate and biome types (from the Tibetan plateau to the subtropical and temperate alpine regions of Europe and America).
Alexia has participated or coordinated more than 25 research projects and is Deputy coordinator of IUFRO Division 8.00.00 – FOREST ENVIRONMENT. She published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals, ≥ 30 Papers in Conference Proceedings and is coauthor of 3 books and 14 book chapters.