Caterina Barrasso

Scientific Guest

Research Interests


My background in Crop Science gave the right insights to understand the impacts of agricultural practices on ecosystems and biodiversity. After a short experience in the policy environment, my scientific interest is to contribute in filling data gaps and processes understanding of direct and indirect land use change impacts on biodiversity, thus to help the policy making. Also, I have a strong interest in computational science and data mining, and I look for the use of solutions for large data processing tasks.

During the PhD at the Macroecology and Society Lab I will be working on the GeoKur project. I will be curating global land-use data for better quality, in the long-term, of final products.

Short CV


  • Since 9/2019: Doctoral researcher, German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
  • 2018–2019: Trainee as scientific officer at European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy
  • 2018: Trainee as scientific officer at DG Joint Research Center of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy
  • 2015–2017: MSc Crop Science at Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • During 2017: Stay at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Avignon, France
  • 2010–2013:  BSc Biotechnology at Bologna University, Bologna, Italy.  During 2014 study in Crop Modelling at the Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia

Publications before iDiv


Barrasso, Caterina, Mohamed-Mahmoud Memah, Michel Génard, and Bénédicte Quilot-Turion. 2019. “Model-Based QTL Detection Is Sensitive to Slight Modifications in Model Formulation.” Edited by David L. Remington. PLOS ONE 14 (10): e0222764.

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Puschstrasse 4
04103 Leipzig

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+49 341 9733242
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Leipzig University

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