Room: W4 0-003
Phone: +49 (0)441 798-3647

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:


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, 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. https://doi:10.3832/ifor2710-013

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.

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.

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.

(Changed: 2021-12-22)