Our team

Dr. Norman Breuer

Executive Director

Norman Breuer is an interdisciplinary agricultural and livestock systems ecologist and agronomist with a focus on adaptation to climate variability and global change through increased resilience in complex human-ecological systems. He is interested in the human dimensions in sustainable productive landscapes and co-management of forests, water resources and other natural areas, and sees biodiversity conservation as a means of support for the economy and society.

He strongly believe that sustainable intensification with respect for animal welfare leads to higher yields and production that is more efficient per land unit area. He has consulted and worked across academia, and the public, private, and civil society sector on two continents. This lifetime experience has provided him with a unique outlook and skills for operational ranch, farm, and environmental management, research, policy formulation, teaching, and consulting in sustainable livestock, agricultural, and other natural resource, urban, and industrial systems.

He has been a researcher at the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Miami. He currently holds an Associate Research Professor position at the Center for Appropriate Technology of the School of Science and Technology at the Catholic University of Our Lady of the Assumption. As such, he is a member of the National Commission of Climate Change of Paraguay. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and was part of a team that co-developed the AgroClimate decision support system.

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Dra. Mariana García Ascolani


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Mariana García Ascolani is an Agricultural Engineer. She holds both a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. in Animal Science from the University of Florida, USA. She is an expert in cattle nutrition and ruminal fermentation, and mitigation of enteric methane emissions.

Dr. Andrés Camps


Gonzalo Andrés Camps holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Córdoba, Argentina. He is a specialist in advanced statistics and modeling. Andrés uses these methods, along with GIS and remote sensing to understand biodiversity in mixed production and conservation landscapes.

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Dr. Alberto Ramírez


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Alberto Ramírez holds a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing awarded by the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK, as well as a Computer Science Engineering degree from The Catholic University, Asunción, Paraguay. His main area of interest revolves around GIS and remote sensing methods applied to environmental and agricultural research.

Max Pastén

Associate Investigator

Max Pastén studied Meteorology, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, and is currently a Professor at the Polytechnic Faculty, UNA. He teaches statistical methods and climatology within the atmospheric sciences career path. Since 1993, he has worked at the Bureau of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) where he has held various positions, including Head of the Department of Climatology and currently, Head of Hydrological Forecasts.

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Dra. Luisa Cáceres

Associate Investigator

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Luisa Cáceres earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the FCV-UNA, Paraguay. She has a M.Sc. in Livestock Innovation from the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, México and works in the areas of greenhouse gas emission, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Dra. Alicia Eisenkölbl

Associate Investigator

Alicia Eisenkölbl is an Agricultural Engineer and a Doctor in Environmental Management. She is a Categorized Researcher by PRONII-CONACYT and Executive Director of the PROCOSARA association.

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Carlos Javier Villalba Martínez

Associate Investigator

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Carlos Javier Villalba Martínez is an Agricultural Engineer. He is a specialist in University didactics and Research Methodology. M.Sc. from the School of Postgraduates, México. PhD candidate, Santiago de Compostela University, Spain. He is a PRONII Researcher, an Agricultural Research Professor, National University of Caaguazú, and an Agricultural Advisor to agricultural companies.

Dr. Yvan Salum

Associate Investigator

Yvan Salum earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine from the National University of Asuncion (UNA), Paraguay. He holds a degree in Animal Science from the University of Queensland, Australia, and has experience in sustainable, forage-based livestock systems in the Chaco region.

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Fiorella Oreggioni

Associate Investigator

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Fiorella Oreggioni is an Environmental and Industrial Engineer. She has a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, USA with a focus on water resources and computer science.