Mariana Rufino

  • Professor of Agricultural Systems - Lancaster University

Research interests

Professor Rufino’s expertise is on agronomy, land systems, crop and livestock interactions, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in the land sector.

Her current research aims at improving our understanding of the mechanisms by which agriculture contributes to climate change and identifying opportunities to improve the resilience of food production systems, reducing their environmental impact, and mitigating GHG emissions by implementing nature-based solutions. Examples of this work includes i) investigating innovative livestock management (diets, breeds, management) and impacts on land productivity, ii) understanding tradeoffs production-scope for mitigation, iii) exploring options to restore degraded landscapes in mixed crop-livestock systems, iv) assessing the potential for agroforestry to be part of the solution.