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Leonardo Deiss, Ph.D.

Leonardo Deiss, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Office: 
Williams Hall
Degree Information: 
Ph.D. Federal University of Parana, 2016
Biography: 

Leonardo is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at Ohio State University working with Dr. Scott Demyan and Dr. Steve Culman. His work in the Soil Fertility Lab is related to infrared spectroscopy of soils, soil health, and conservation agriculture. Leonardo will be primarily working with infrared spectroscopy of soils, which is an increasingly valuable technique as it reduces analytical costs, time, and labor, as well as enabling analysis of large soil sample sets for precision agriculture and landscape-to-regional scale studies. 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); crop, ruminant, and forage production and management; ruminant intake, and green house gases emission; 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). His professional interests include improving processes at the soil-plant-animal-atmosphere continuum, at field to landscape to regional scales, to improve agro-ecosystem performance under the principles of sustainable intensification and food system resilience.