Profile of HIGRADE participants

profile_photo_Luis Daniel Prada Salcedo
Name: Luis Daniel Prada Salcedo (Colombia)

Department Soil Ecology

Flag Colombia
Research topic

My studies are focused to determinate soil microbial diversity and their functional composition. The interactions and feedback between plant and soil microbial communities will be analyzed in a network from monocultures to multispecies forests in different European forest types.

At UFZ since

December 2016

How did you learn about the UFZ?

The research papers of the soil ecology department called my attention to know more about the UFZ and his research contribution.

Why did you come to the UFZ?

Due to the excellent experience in environmental research, qualified personnel, extensive cooperation partners and good working conditions

What do you like about the city you live in?

Halle is a nice place, just the size to do many activities but not too loud and chaotic like the big cities.

How do you like it at the UFZ / in HIGRADE?

HIGRADE offers a diversity of academic options (courses and the opportunity to meet researchers from other fields) to learn and improve my professional profile.


I like the livestock, the crops, and farms. I enjoy hiking and I play tennis and soccer, but my favorite sport is the Triathlon; for this reason I use part of my free time for running, cycling or swimming.