Dr Mario Herrero

Chief Research Scientist | OCE Science Leader

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Mario Herrero is Chief Research Scientist and Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader in CSIRO's Agriculture Flagship. He has more than 20 years experience working on strategic agricultural R4D projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Before coming to Australia in February 2013, he spent 12 years in Kenya, leading the Sustainable Livestock Futures and Climate Change programmes and the Targeting Pro-Poor Interventions team at the International Livestock Research Institute. A known team player, with an extensive network of partners and donors, he works in the areas of agriculture, food security and global change, targeting agricultural investments in the developing world, sustainable development pathways for smallholder systems, ex-ante impact assessment, climate change (impacts, adaptation and mitigation), development of scenarios of livelihoods and nutrition futures, multi-scale integrated assessment, and others. He has experience working at different scales, from the animal and farm level to the country, regional and global levels. He has coordinated several global and regional integrated assessments initiatives such as the African Livestock Futures Report for the Office of the UN Special Representative on Food Security, and the CGIAR global assessment of food production systems, ecosystems services and human well-being to 2030. He has also contributed to numerous international assessments such as the IPCC 4th and 5th Assessment Reports, 2010 World Development Report, the 2007/2008 Human Development Report and the 2007 Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. He regularly participates in international committees such as IPCC’s Working Group 3 (Mitigation) and the IPCC Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and has served in several donor and science advisory committees on agriculture, livestock and the environment. He has published more than 300 fully refereed papers, book chapters and reports in his areas of expertise. He is currently on the editorial boards of Agricultural Systems (Elsevier), Global Food Security (Elsevier), Agriculture and Food Security (BioMed Central) and Tropical Grasslands, and has been a guest editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (PNAS). He has also supervised over 60 academic theses on different aspects of tropical agricultural production systems, and has recently become a Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1998

    PhD Ecology and Resource Management
    The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2002-present

    Editorial Board - Agricultural Systems

  • 2012-present

    Editorial Board - Agriculture and Food Security

  • 2012-present

    Editorial Board - Global Food Security

  • 2012-present

    Editorial Board - Tropical Grasslands

  • 2011-2013

    Guest Editor - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


We have publications by Dr Mario Herrero
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=_vmjCiYAAAAJ&hl=en Researcher ID: A-6678-2015