Dr Marcelo Galdos

Dr Marcelo Galdos


I am a University Academic Fellow in Modelling Food Security and Climate Impacts, in a joint position at the University of Leeds and the UK Met Office. My research is focused on climate-smart agriculture using crop and soil organic matter modelling and geospatial analysis. I graduated in International Agricultural Development, and have hands-on experience in agricultural development and extension work. The main theme of my academic career has been sustainable agriculture with emphasis on soils, with a Masters in AgriEnvironmental Resources Management and a PhD in Soil Science and Tropical Agriculture. I have also developed postdoctoral work in life cycle analysis, carbon footprints of agricultural products, and sustainability metrics in agri-food supply chains.

Research interests

I have used quantitative tools to evaluate soil biological, chemical and physical quality indicators under different agricultural management systems. My research involves using crop, soil and climate modelling from plot to landscape scale to simulate crop yields, soil organic matter, soil water, nutrients, and greenhouse gas fluxes in agricultural systems.

My current research is aimed at evaluating the sustainability of food, fuel, fibre and feed production under different land use and climate scenarios, supporting stakeholders in the development and implementation of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. I am a member of the Climate Impacts Group, using crop models to improve the resilience of agricultural systems to climate variability and change. I am also a member of Food@Leeds, Energy Leeds and the Priestley Centre.

I am interested in identifying and promoting crop and livestock production systems that preserve and restore natural resources, sustain agricultural livelihoods and provide ecosystem services.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, Soil Science, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colorado State University, USA
  • MSc, AgriEnvironmental Resources Management, Agronomic Institute of Campinas, Brazil

Professional memberships

  • Priestley International Centre for Climate
  • Energy Leeds - Bioenergy
  • Fellow in the British Society of Soil Science
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Brazilian Journal of Soil Science
  • Member of the administrative council of the Bioenergy Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Climate Science and Impacts

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>