Dr Nélida Silvero

Dr Nélida Silvero


BSc in Agronomy from the University of the East (Universidad Nacional del Este) in Paraguay, Master in Agronomy (Soil Science) from the São Paulo State University (Universidade Estadual Paulista) and PhD in Soil and Plant Nutrition from the University of São Paulo (Universidade de São Paulo), both in Brazil.

I born in Paraguay but pursue my academic career in Brazil, where I was living since 2016. In January 2022,  I received the Newton International Fellowship from The Royal Society and I am working as a Researcher at the University of Leeds. 


  • Newton International Researcher of the Royal Society

Research interests

I am an agronomist and soil scientist who is passionate of working with soils, GIS, remote sensing, digital soil mapping and data science.

In the last four years my main research interest was in developing strategies for mapping topsoil properties in Brazil. I used mostly Landsat and Sentinel-2 bare soil images for building predictions models to estimate soil properties. Soill spectroscopy is also one of my research interest. I worked with experiements to try to understand the influence of soil factors such as mositure and iron forms on mid-IR spectra.

Currently, my research interests involves MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) protocols for SOC(soil organic carbon) monitoring in agricultural lands, measurement of SOC by spectral sensors, and remote sensing application for SOC measurements.

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  • Google Earth Engine
  • R and Python programming
  • QGIS and ArcGIS

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Soil Science