Leonardo is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at Ohio State University. He is a trained soil scientist and agronomist whose scientific interests are in understanding how soils function in a variety of ecological conditions to support management solutions and promote sustainable development goals. His professional interests include improving processes at the soil-plant-animal-atmosphere continuum, at field to regional scales, to improve agro-ecosystem performance under the principles of sustainable intensification, regenerative agriculture, and food system resilience.
Leonardo earned his doctoral degree at Federal University of Parana (UFPR) in Brazil in 2016 under Dr. Anibal de Moraes (UFPR). During his doctorate, he spent a year as a Research Scholar at the North Carolina State University, working with Dr. Alan Franzluebbers and the Soil Ecology and Management Team.
Leonardo has experience in teaching, research, and extension in areas related to agro-ecosystems management and farming systems; conservation agriculture (no-tillage, cover-crops, integrated crop-livestock systems, pasture-based ruminant production, agroforestry, and environmentally protected areas); soil health and nutrient management; infrared spectroscopy; 31P nuclear magnetic resonance; soil carbon fractions and stabilization; precision agriculture; and statistical analyses (linear and mixed-effects models, multivariate regression, structural equation modeling, chemometrics, geostatistics, and meta-analysis).