Dr. Pedro Batista
Assistent / PostDoc
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
FG Alewell

Assistent / PostDoc

Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 04 83

Research interests

My main research interest is soil erosion. I focus on spatially-distributed soil erosion models and particularly on means to evaluate them. I am interested on representing the uncertainty of large-scale erosion models and on the observational data used for model testing. I am also interested in a variety of soil erosion and sediment transport monitoring techniques, such as sediment fingerprinting and erosion plot experiments.

Professional Positions

2020 – Today
Assistant / PostDoc, Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland

2018 – 2019
Visiting researcher, Pentland Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom


2019 PhD in Soil Science, Department of Soil Science, Lavras Federal University, Brazil / Pentland Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom,
A critical evaluation of soil erosion models: case studies from Southeast Brazil,

2016 MSc in Soil Science, Lavras Federal University, Brazil
Modelling soil erosion by water and developing river bathymetry interpolation methods in the Upper Grande River Basin, Brazil

2013 BSc in Agronomy, Lavras Federal University, Brazil


Batista, P.V.G., Davies, J., Silva, M.L.N., Quinton, J.N. 2019. On the evaluation of soil erosion models – are we doing enough? Earth Science Reviews.

Batista, P.V.G., Laceby, J.P., Silva, M.L.N., Tassinari, D., Bispo, D.F.A., Curi, N., Davies, J., Quinton, J.N., 2019. Using pedological knowledge to improve sediment source apportionment in tropical environments. Journal of Soils and Sediments.

Avalos, F.A.P., Silva, M.L.N., Batista, P.V.G, Pontes, L.M., Oliveira, M.S. Digital soil erodibility mapping by soilscape trending and kriging. 2018. Land Degradation and Development, 29, 3021-3028.

Lima, P.L.T., Silva, M.L.N., Quinton, J.N., Batista, P.V.G., Candido, B.M., Curi, N. Relationship among crop systems, soil cover, and water erosion on a Typic Hapludox. 2018. Revista Brasileira de Ciência do Solo, 42, e0170081.

Batista, P.V.G., Silva, M.L.N, Silva, B.P.C., Curi, N., Bueno, T., Acerbi, F., Davies, J., Quinton, J.N. Modelling spatially distributed soil losses and sediment yield in the upper Grande River Basin – Brazil. 2017. Catena, 157, 139-150.

Batista, P.V.G., Silva, M.L.N, Avalos, F.A.P, Oliveira, M.S., Menezes, M.D., Curi, N. Hybrid kriging methods for interpolating sparse river bathymetry point data. 2017. Ciência e Agrotecnologia, 41, 402-412.

Bispo, D.A.F., Silva, M.L.N., Marques, J.J., Bechmann, M., Batista, P.V.G., Curi, N. Phosphorus transfer at a small catchment in southeastern Brazil: distributed modelling in different land use scenarios. 2017. Ciência e Agrotecnologia, 41, 565-579.

Silva, B.P.C., Silva, M.L.N., Batista, P.V.G., Pontes, L.M., Araujo, E.F., Curi, N. Soil and water losses in eucalyptus plantations and natural forests and determination of USLE factors at a pilot sub-basin in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 2016. Ciência e Agrotecnologia, 40, 432-442.