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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Senthold Asseng

Professor, Cropping Systems Modeling
Director, Florida Climate Institute
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Asseng’s research interests are to develop mathematical modeling and computer simulation of agricultural and biological systems related to climate variability, climate change and sustainability. He aims to apply these tools to explore adaptation strategies for improving food security in sustainable agricultural systems in the context of climate change. The complexity of the above research goals requires a strong focus on the development and expansion of interdisciplinary research teams including crop modelers, crop physiologists, breeders, soil scientists, hydrologists, climatologists, economists and biostatisticians.

Dr. Asseng has successfully established such international, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams as the leader of AgMIP-Wheat. AgMIP-Wheat is part of AgMIP (Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project; and aims to improve the assessment of climate change impacts on wheat crop production and sustainability. He recently became an Executive Committee Member of AgMIP. He is also the elected Chair of the Expert Working Group (EWG) on Wheat Plant and Crop Modeling of the International Wheat Initiative.

Dr. Asseng has authored or co-authored over 220 peer-reviewed articles on crop model improvements and applications in managing climate variability, climate change impact and adaptation and cropping sustainability, including in high-impact journals like Nature Climate Change, Nature Plants and Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (Google Scholar).

Contact Information


221 Frazier Rogers Hall

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

  • Teaching
    • ABE5646: Agricultural and Biological Systems Simulation, Since 2012
    • ABE6933/AGR6932 on Computer Simulation of Crop Growth and Management, 2014-2015
    • Course on Wheat Crop Systems – A Simulation Analysis, Technical University Munich, Germany, 2002
    • Course on System Analysis with a Crop Model, University of Western Australia, 1999
  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    • Information Systems

    Research Focus:

  • Education
    • Doctor of Science, Agronomy/Crop Modeling, Technical University Munich, Germany, 2004
    • Ph.D. Agronomy/Crop Modeling, Humboldt University Berlin, Department Agronomy and Horticulture, Germany, 1994
    • M.S. Agronomy with Honors, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, 1990
    • B.S. Agronomy, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, 1989
  • Professional Experience
    • 2014 - Present
      Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2016 - 2021
      Adjunct Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
    • 2011 - 2014
      Associate Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2007 - 2010
      Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia, Australia
    • 2004 - 2010
      Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia
    • 2000 - 2004
      Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia
    • 1997 - 2000
      Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia
    • 1994 - 1997
      Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO, Australia
    • 1991 - 1992
      DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Research Fellow, University of California, Davis and Michigan State University
    • 1990 - 1994
      Research Scholar, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors

    • Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) Fellow, University of Florida, 2017-2019
    • University Term Professorship Award, University of Florida, 2017-2019
    • UF/IFAS “High Impact” Research Publication Award, University of Florida, 2017
    • Florida Climate Institute Fellow, 2016-2019
    • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 2016-2019
    • Adjunct Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University, China, 2016-2021
    • International Education Award, University of Florida, 2013
    • Adjunct Professor, University of Western Australia, Australia, 2007-2010
    • Excellence Award of CSIRO, Australia, 2007
    • DAAD Research Fellowship, Germany, 1990-1992
    • Humboldt University Research Scholarship, Germany, 1990-1994

  • Other Professional Activities
    • Executive Committee Member of Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)
    • Co-Leader of Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)-Wheat, Since 2011
    • Principle Investigator of South East Climate Consortium (SECC), 2014-2016
    • Chair (Elected) of Climatology and Modeling Section, Agronomy Society of America, 2015
    • Chair (Elected) of Expert Working Group for Plant and Crop Modeling of international Wheat Initiative, Since 2014
    • Guest Editor Special Issue: Impacts of Climate Extremes, Environmental Research Letters, 2016-2018
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Global Change Biology, Since 2017
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Agricultural Forest Meteorology, Since 2014
    • Member of the Editorial Board of Field Crops Research, Since 2012
    • Member of the Editorial Board of European Journal of Agronomy, Since 2006