Postdoctoral Researcher, Soil Ecology
Tomas Cassani lives in Salina, Kansas, but his home is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an agricultural engineer by trade, which is supplemented by a masters degree in soil science from the University of Buenos Aires. Additionally, Tomas obtained his doctorate in agrarian and forestry research from the University of La Coruña in Spain. He always had a deep interest in soils during his college years, which is why he continued on this path for both his graduate and doctoral education. Before joining the Soil Ecology team at The Land Institute, Tomas also worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. His work at The Land Institute is driven by his interest and expertise in the importance of soils in functional agroecosystems.
What’s most inspiring about your specific position at TLI?
To have the opportunity to help and be part of a change in the current global paradigm of agriculture.
What drew you to work at TLI?
The opportunity to study and learn about Kernza, in the place where a perennial crop revolution is taking place. Also, doing a postdoc in the US was a great motivation.
What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?
Kernza definitely. I will try to make pizzas and pasta.
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Family, friendship, cooking, handball, biking, making asados (barbecue) and Independiente (my favorite football/soccer team)
If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
History. I love Roman and medieval history.
What’s your motto/favorite quote?
Persevere and you will succeed.
What were you like at age 10?
A kid with a lot of curiosity. I think I still have a lot of that.
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