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Patricio Grassini

Associate Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Patricio Grassini is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Center for Great Plains Study. Patricio earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from UNL. He has authored 66 papers published in peer-review journals, including top-tier journals such as Nature Communications, PNAS, BioScience, Environmental Research Letters, and Global Change Biology, and nine book chapters and FAO reports. His research interests center on crop yield potential, yield-gap analysis, resource- and energy-use efficiency in cropping systems, and crop modeling.

Patricio’s applied research covers a diverse range of cropping systems, including rainfed crops in Argentina and Sub-Saharan Africa, high-yield irrigated crops in the U.S. Corn Belt, and perennial crop systems such as oil palm in Indonesia. A major on-going project is to develop a Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas ( that provides estimates of gaps between actual and potential yield for major cropping systems as well as crop water productivity. Dr. Grassini was recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and other three fellowships and six awards, including the Agronomy Society of America (ASA) Early Career Award and UNL Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award. Patricio also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Field Crops Research and Global Food Security journals. He also serves as a member of the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market. Patricio was the Chair of the Crop Science Society of America C3 Crop Ecology Division during the 2019 term.