Dr Mario Herrero Acosta

Chief Research Scientist | OCE Science Leader

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Mario Herrero is a Chief Research Scientist and Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader at CSIRO Agriculture and Food and Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Mario has more than 20 years’ experience working on strategic agricultural Research for Development projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Before coming to Australia in 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 (ILRI).

Mario is known team player and relentless collaborator, with an extensive network of partners and donors. He works in the areas of global food nutrition and security, global change, sustainable development pathways for smallholder systems, ex-ante impact assessment, and multi-scale integrated assessment. He has experience working at different scales, from the animal to the global level.

Mario spent the last 15 years building and leading highly successful research programmes with varied science agendas. He builds high output, outcome orientated, balanced teams of the highest calibre through his ability to empower, nurture and mentor colleagues, provide flexibility and allow for maximum creativity.

Mario participates in key global initiatives on agriculture and global change that shape the research agenda on food and nutritional security. Examples of these are:

• The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health
• The Lancet Commission on Obesity
• The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Food Security and Land
• The IPCC 5th Assessment in the area of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation
• The US National Academy of Sciences high level panel on the Future of Agriculture and Food
• The World Development Report
• The State of Food and Agriculture
• The Global Nutrition Report
• The Human Development Report.

Mario has published more than 400 fully refereed papers, book chapters and reports in his areas of expertise. He is currently on the editorial boards of The Lancet Planetary Health, Agricultural Systems, Global Food Security, Agriculture and Food Security, Tropical Grasslands, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, and has been a guest editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (PNAS).

Academic Qualifications

  • 1998

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

Other highlights

  • 2017-present

    Lead Author, Land, Food Security and Climate Change Special Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

  • 2016-present

    Member of The Lancet Commission on Sustainable Diets/EAT

  • 2015-present

    Member of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

  • 2015-2016

    Advisor, US National Academy of Sciences high level panel on the Future of Agriculture and Food

  • 2014-present

    Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the livestock strategy

  • 2014-2014

    Contributing author, IPCC AR5 Assessment, Mitigation Working Group

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-present

    Editorial Board - The Lancet Planetary Health

  • 2017-present

    Editorial Board - Frontiers in Sustainable Food 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

  • 2002-present

    Editorial Board - Agricultural Systems


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