School of Earth and Environment

Marcelo Galdos Dr Marcelo Galdos

University Academic Fellow in Modelling Food Security and Climate Impacts

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 39102
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Room: 10.113

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


Marcelo Galdos is 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. Marcelo focuses on climate-smart agriculture using crop and soil organic matter modelling and geospatial analysis. He graduated in International Agricultural Development and has experience in agricultural extension work in Africa and South America. He has focused his research career on sustainable agriculture with emphasis on soils, with a Master’s in AgriEnvironmental Resources Management and a PhD in Soil Science and Tropical Agriculture. He has developed postdoctoral work in life cycle analysis and carbon footprints of agricultural products.

He has used quantitative tools to evaluate soil biological, chemical and physical quality indicators, and used biogeochemical models from plot to landscape scale to simulate crop yields, soil organic matter dynamics and greenhouse gas fluxes in agricultural systems.

His current research is aimed at evaluating the sustainability of food, fuel, fiber and feed production under different land use and climate scenarios, supporting stakeholders in the development and implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies.


  • MSc in AgriEnvironmental Resources Management, 2001-2003, Agronomic Institute of Campinas, Brazil

  • PhD in Soil Science, 2003-2007, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colorado State University, USA


  • 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


  • Davis MR; Alves BJR; Karlen DL; Kline KL; Galdos M; Abulebdeh D (2018) Review of Soil Organic Carbon Measurement Protocols: A US and Brazil Comparison and Recommendation, Sustainability, 10, . doi: 10.3390/su10010053
  • Martini DZ; Aragão LEOECD; Sanches ID; Galdos MV; da Silva CRU; Dalla-Nora EL (2018) Land availability for sugarcane derived jet-biofuels in São Paulo—Brazil, Land Use Policy, 70, pp.256-262. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.10.035
  • Galdos MV; Cantarella H; Hastings A; Hillier J; Smith P (2017) Environmental sustainability aspects of second generation ethanol production from sugarcane, Advances of Basic Science for Second Generation Bioethanol from Sugarcane, pp.177-195. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49826-3_10
  • Rosolem CA; Ritz K; Cantarella H; Galdos MV; Hawkesford MJ; Whalley WR; Mooney SJ (2017) Enhanced Plant Rooting and Crop System Management for Improved N Use Efficiency, Advances in Agronomy, 146, pp.205-239. doi: 10.1016/bs.agron.2017.07.002
  • Siqueira Neto M; Galdos MV; Feigl BJ; Cerri CEP; Cerri CC (2016) Direct N2O emission factors for synthetic N-fertilizer and organic residues applied on sugarcane for bioethanol production in Central-Southern Brazil, GCB Bioenergy, 8, pp.269-280. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12251
  • Walter A; Galdos MV; Scarpare FV; Leal MRLV; Seabra JEA; Da Cunha MP; Picoli MCA; De Oliveira COF (2015) Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol: Developments so far and Challenges for the Future, Advances in Bioenergy: The Sustainability Challenge, pp.373-394. doi: 10.1002/9781118957844.ch24
  • Gollany HT; Titus BD; Scott DA; Asbjornsen H; Resh SC; Chimner RA; Kaczmarek DJ; Leite LFC; Ferreira ACC; Rod KA; Hilbert J; Galdos MV; Cisz ME (2015) Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas, Environmental Management, 56, pp.1330-1355. doi: 10.1007/s00267-015-0536-7
  • Del Grosso S; Smith P; Galdos M; Hastings A; Parton W (2014) Sustainable energy crop production, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 9, pp.20-25. doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.07.007
  • Karlen DL; Galdos MV; Rabelo SC; Franco HCJ; Bonomi A; Li J; Li SZ; Tumuluru JS; Ovard L (2014) Selected Global Examples of Cellulosic Cropping System Trends, Cellulosic Energy Cropping Systems, 9781119991946, pp.345-363. doi: 10.1002/9781118676332.ch19
  • Mello FFC; Cerri CEP; Davies CA; Holbrook NM; Paustian K; Maia SMF; Galdos MV; Bernoux M; Cerri CC (2014) Payback time for soil carbon and sugar-cane ethanol, Nature Climate Change, 4, pp.605-609. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2239
  • Walter A; Galdos MV; Scarpare FV; Leal MRLV; Seabra JEA; da Cunha MP; Picoli MCA; de Oliveira COF (2014) Brazilian sugarcane ethanol: Developments so far and challenges for the future, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment, 3, pp.70-92. doi: 10.1002/wene.87
  • Maia SMF; Carvalho JLN; Cerri CEP; Lal R; Bernoux M; Galdos MV; Cerri CC (2013) Contrasting approaches for estimating soil carbon changes in Amazon and Cerrado biomes, Soil and Tillage Research, 133, pp.75-84. doi: 10.1016/j.still.2013.06.002
  • Cardoso TDF; Cavalett O; Chagas MF; De Morais ER; Carvalho JLN; Franco HCJ; Galdos MV; Scarpare FV; Braunbeck OA; Cortez LAB; Bonomi A (2013) Technical and economic assessment of trash recovery in the sugarcane bioenergy production system, Scientia Agricola, 70, pp.353-360. doi: 10.1590/S0103-90162013000500010
  • Cerri CEP; Galdos MV; Carvalho JLN; Feigl BJ; Cerri CC (2013) Quantifying soil carbon stocks and greenhouse gas fuxes in the sugarcane agrosystem: Point of view, Scientia Agricola, 70, pp.361-368. doi: 10.1590/S0103-90162013000500011
  • Leal MRLV; Galdos MV; Scarpare FV; Seabra JEA; Walter A; Oliveira COF (2013) Sugarcane straw availability, quality, recovery and energy use: A literature review, Biomass and Bioenergy, 53, pp.11-19. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.03.007
  • Galdos M; Cavalett O; Seabra JEA; Nogueira LAH; Bonomi A (2013) Trends in global warming and human health impacts related to Brazilian sugarcane ethanol production considering black carbon emissions, Applied Energy, 104, pp.576-582. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.11.002
  • Cerri CC; Galdos MV; Maia SMF; Bernoux M; Feigl BJ; Powlson D; Cerri CEP (2011) Effect of sugarcane harvesting systems on soil carbon stocks in Brazil: An examination of existing data, European Journal of Soil Science, 62, pp.23-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2010.01315.x
  • Galdos MV; Cerri CC; Lal R; Bernoux M; Feigl B; Cerri CEP (2010) Net greenhouse gas fluxes in Brazilian ethanol production systems, GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY BIOENERGY, 2, pp.37-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2010.01037.x
  • Galdos MV; Cerri CC; Cerri CEP; Paustian K; van Antwerpen R (2010) Simulation of sugarcane residue decomposition and aboveground growth, Plant and Soil, 326, pp.243-259. doi: 10.1007/s11104-009-0004-3
  • Cerri CC; Bernoux M; Maia SMF; Cerri CEP; Costa Junior C; Feigl BJ; Frazão LA; Mello FFDC; Galdos MV; Moreira CS; Carvalho JLN (2010) Greenhouse gas mitigation options in Brazil for land-use change, livestock and agriculture, Scientia Agricola, 67, pp.102-116.
  • Maia SMF; Ogle SM; Cerri CC; Cerri CEP (2010) Changes in soil organic carbon storage under different agricultural management systems in the Southwest Amazon Region of Brazil, SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, 106, pp.177-184. doi: 10.1016/j.still.2009.12.005
  • Cerri CC; Maia SMF; Galdos MV; Cerri CEP; Feigl BJ; Bernoux M (2009) Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions: The importance of agriculture and livestock, Scientia Agricola, 66, pp.831-843.
  • Galdos MV; Cerri CC; Cerri CEP (2009) Soil carbon stocks under burned and unburned sugarcane in Brazil, Geoderma, 153, pp.347-352. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2009.08.025
  • Moreira CS; Brunet D; Verneyre L; Sá SMO; Galdos MV; Cerri CC; Bernoux M (2009) Near infrared spectroscopy for soil bulk density assessment, European Journal of Soil Science, 60, pp.785-791. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2009.01170.x
  • Galdos MV; Cerri CC; Cerri CEP; Paustian K; Van Antwerpen R (2009) Simulation of Soil Carbon Dynamics under Sugarcane with the CENTURY Model, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 73, pp.802-811. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2007.0285
  • Galdos MV; de Maria IC; de Camargo OA; Dechen SCF (2009) Sewage sludge application on cultivated soils: Effects on runoff and trace metal load, Scientia Agricola, 66, pp.368-376.
  • Demattê JAM; Galdos MV; Guimarães RV; Genú AM; Nanni MR; Zullo J (2007) Quantification of tropical soil attributes from ETM+/LANDSAT-7 data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28, pp.3813-3829. doi: 10.1080/01431160601121469
  • Galdos MV; De Maria IC; Camargo OA (2004) Soil chemical properties and corn production in a sewage sludge-amended soil, Revista Brasileira de Ciencia do Solo, 28, pp.569-577.