Grassini awarded Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research

Grassini awarded Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Friday, February 19, 2016

Grassini (left) honored with the Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award given by ARD Dean Archie Clutter.
Grassini (left) honored with the Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award given by ARD Dean Archie Clutter.
Patricio Grassini, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture and a fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Center for Great Plains Studies, has been named recipient of the Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award provided by the Branham Endowment Fund for 2015-2016. The award is given annually by the Agricultural Research Division to tenure-track assistant professors with an Agricultural Research Division appointment who have a maximum of five years of professional service at University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and is based on publication record, evidence of external funding activity and peer recognition.

Grassini received a bachelor’s in science in agricultural engineering from the University of Buenos Aires and a Ph.D. in agronomy from UNL. Grassini has authored 25 papers published in peer-review journals, including Nature Communications, PNAS, Global Change Biology, six book chapters and many extension publications. His research interests center on crop yield potential, yield-gap analysis, resource- and energy-use efficiency in cropping systems and simulation modeling. Grassini’s past research has encompassed a diverse range of cropping systems, including rainfed crops in Argentina and Sub-Saharan Africa and high-yield irrigated crops in the United States corn belt.

One of Grassini’s major on-going projects is to develop a global yield gap atlas that provides estimates of gaps between actual and potential yield for major cropping systems. He is also leading a project to benchmark on-farm yields and input-use efficiency maize-soybean systems in the U.S. corn belt and another project on yield forecasting. Grassini was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Fling Fellowship and two other fellowships. He is also an appointed member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Field Crops Research journal. 

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