Sebastian Varela is a Ph.D. student in Agronomy. Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti is his advisor. Sebastian was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agronomic Engineer in 2009 from the University of the Republic, Uruguay.
During his time pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Uruguay, Sebastian studied the removal quantification of nutrients by commercial Eucalyptus globulus sticks over crystalline basement soils in the East zone of Uruguay. This topic received special public attention and discussion. It advocated to shade new national information about the medium and long term environment sustainability of the afforestry introduction in the country.
During his Bachelor’s degree, Sebastian was also selected for an international cultural and community engagement program between Canada and Uruguay through the CWY (Canada World Youth) organization.
During his bachelor degree Sebastian was also able to combine study and work by becoming a professional lifeguard during five summer seasons in Uruguay.
During the end of his bachelor Sebastian received industry training and work experience in UPM-Kymmene company. He was first trained in GIS- remote sensing tools and got experienced on multidisciplinary team work. Later, he was promoted as a regional leader on silviculture planning. Proficiency on operational rates negotiation with contractors, seasonal sowing and weed control planning were some of the tasks during his appointment in the private sector.
Before continued his academic training in USA, he worked in a national scale implementation project on soils sustainable management practices, he was part of the remote sensing team responsible of crop rotations monitoring by implementing workflow and classification techniques on satellite data.
As a current PhD student, Sebastian is involved in research focused in the integration of multiscale remote sensing for crop yield forecasting. Currently, he is implementing hybrids workflows from (Unmanned Aerial Systems) and satellite for crop yield forecasting.
Sebastian enjoys actively his free time outdoors, trekking, surf and soccer are his favorite sports.