Daniela Mellado Mansilla


Room: W4 0-003
Phone: +49 (0)441 798-3647
Email: d.mellado.mansilla@gmail.com

Daniela Mellado Mansilla

Ing. (conservation) Daniela Mellado Mansilla

Research Interests

I'm interested in the ecology of vascular and non-vascular epiphytes of temperate forests. Particularly, I am interested in the reproductive biology of epiphytic ferns and their tolerance to environmental changes. This information is important for ex-situ conservation of threatened species, and contribute to explaining the distribution of fern species at different spatial scales.

Information about epiphytes in Chile: epifitas.cl/


Since 2019 PhD student in “Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology”, University of Göttingen, Germany, and visiting scientist at the University of Oldenburg
2007- 2013 Natural Resources Conservation Engineering, Universidad Austral de Chile.



Mellado-Mansilla D, Testo W, Sundue M, Zotz G, Kreft H, Coiro M & Kessler M. 2022. The relationship between chlorophyllous spores and mycorrhizal associations in ferns: evidence from an evolutionary approach. American Journal of Botany 109: 2068-2081.

Díaz IA, Godoy-Güinao J, Mellado-Mansilla D, Moreno-Gonzalez R, Cuq E, Ortega-Solis G, & Armesto JJ. 2021. Advanced canopy regeneration: an unrecognized mechanism of forest dynamics. Ecology 102: e03222-e03222.

Mellado-Mansilla D, Zotz G, Kreft H, Sundue M & Kessler M. 2021. The taxonomic distribution of chlorophyllous spores in ferns - an update. American Fern Journal 111: 150-156.

Ortega-Solís G, Díaz I, Mellado-Mansilla D, Moreno-González R, Godoy J & Samaniego H. 2020. The importance of tree species and size for the epiphytic bromeliad Fascicularia bicolor in a South-American temperate rainforest (Chile). iForest, 13: 92-97. doi:10.3832/ifor2710-013

Díaz IA, Godoy-Güinao J, Sidler H, Mellado-Mansilla D, & Ortega-Solís G. 2019. Bird communities along a post-disturbance successional gradient in andean forests of Bosque Pehuén park, araucanía region, southern Chile. Ornitología Neotropical 30: 113-122.

Mellado-Mansilla D, Díaz IA, Godoy-Güinao J, Ortega-Solís G & Moreno-Gonzalez R. 2018. Bosque Pehuén Park's Flora: A Contribution to the Knowledge of the Andean Montane Forests in the Araucanía Region, Chile. Natural Areas Journal, 38: 298-312. doi.org/10.3375/043.038.0410

Ortega-Solís G, Díaz I, Mellado-Mansilla D, Tello F, Moreno R & Tejo C. 2017. Ecosystem engineering by Fascicularia bicolor in the canopy of the South-American temperate rainforest. Forest Ecology and Management, 400: 417-428. doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.020

Mellado-Mansilla D, León CA, Ortega-Solís G, Godoy-Güinao J, Moreno R & Díaz IA. 2017. Vertical patterns of epiphytic bryophyte diversity in a montane Nothofagus forest in the Chilean Andes. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 55: 514-529. doi.org/10.1080/0028825X.2017.1364273


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