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I have been doing research in agricultural production systems for the last twenty years. This has included farm system modelling and running experimental farms and designing and operating field experiments. Since the year 2000 I have been mostly dedicated to farm system modelling activities, programming in Java, Excel-Visual Basic and Stella. Optimisation modelling has become an important part of my research in recent times, using GAMS for the models (farm and catchment modelling). I have been studying participatory research techniques, but mostly as personal interest.

 

Studies

Ingeniero Agrónomo (aprox. Translation: Agronomist). Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias Balcarce, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina (1993).

Magister Scientiae in Animal Science. Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias Balcarce, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina (1996).

PhD. in Animal Science. Massey University, New Zealand Thesis title: Modelling of management strategies for pastoral cow-calf farms in the Salado Region of Argentina (2004).

Work

From 1995 to 2006 I was Scientist at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentina. I have been working for DairyNZ (Hamilton) since 2007 in the modelling team.

 

Álvaro J. Romera, PhD

Senior Scientist, Modelling Team

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