Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
B.S., Agronomy Engineering, University of San Simon
M.S., Agricultural Systems Analysis, National Agrarian University
Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Watershed Science and Engineering
Dr. Osorio Leyton’s research and teaching interest focus on linking process-based simulation models, geospatial analysis, machine learning, and data analytics to support science-based decision-making of agricultural systems. In addition, his research experience includes the development and application of simulation models for hydrology and plant growth. Dr. Osorio Leyton is the P.I. of the project “Establishing and Strengthening Predictive Livestock Early Warning System (PLEWs) in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, and South Sudan” sponsored by the United Nations-The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The project contributes to the development of a Predictive Livestock Early Warning System (PLWES) in East Africa and other parts of the world to provide estimates of livestock forage and water availability and their deviations from average conditions, this information on forage and water status, when combined with livestock market conditions, can assist in adaptive management decisions to improve drought response and reduce risks. Dr. Osorio Leyton also works overseeing data analytics, model application, and advance modeling research and analyses related to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) to inform national and regional scale agricultural and natural resource conservation policy, with an emphasis on water and soil quality, food security, and rural stability. Dr. Osorio Leyton received his Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, his MS in Animal Production at National Agrarian University La Molina (Pe), and his BS in Agronomy from the University of San Simon (Bo). Dr. Osorio Leyton serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR). Dr. Osorio Leyton is a member of Alpha Epsilon, Honor Society of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering (AE), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), American Water Resources Association (AWRA), and the Bolivian Society of Engineers (SBI).