Lassaletta Coto, Luis
Ramón y Cajal Fellowship

Skype:  luigilc1


Present profesional position

Ramón y Cajal Fellowship


Position/Status in the CEIGRAM



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I am interested in the study of the nutrient cycles alteration (N and P) and in the relationships existing between agricultural practices, productivity and pollution. I am currently modelling the agro-food system including the nutrient use efficiencies of cropping and livestock systems, agronomic performance, international trade, human diet, and their effect on GHG emissions and nutrient surpluses globally and also in the Mediterranean region, including past trends and future scenarios.





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Publications (research papers, books, conferences)

Doelman, J.C., Stehfest, E., Tabeau, A., van Meijl, H., Lassaletta, L., Gernaat, D.E.H.J., Hermans, K., Harmsen, M., Daioglou, V., Biemans, H., van der Sluis, S., van Vuuren, D.P., 2018. Exploring SSP land-use dynamics using the IMAGE model: Regional and gridded scenarios of land-use change and land-based climate change mitigation. Global Environmental Change 48, 119-135.

Mueller ND, Lassaletta L, Runck B, Billen G, Garnier J, Gerber JS 2017. Declining spatial efficiency of global cropland nitrogen allocation.Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 10.1002/2016gb005515

Bouwman L, Beusen AHW, Lassaletta L, van Apeldoorn DF, van Grinsven HJM, Zhang J, van Ittersum MK. 2017 Lessons from temporal and spatial patterns in global fertilizer N and P use on cropland. Scientific Reports, 7, 40366

Sanz-Cobeña A, Lassaletta L,Garnier J, Smith P. 2017 Editorial: Mitigation and quantification of greenhouse gas emissions in Mediterranean cropping systems. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 238, 1-4

Cayuela ML, Aguilera E, Sanz-Cobena A, Adams DC, Abalos D, Barton L, Ryals R, Silver WL, Alfaro MA, Pappa VA, Smith P, Garnier J, Billen G, Bouwman L, Bondeau A, Lassaletta L. 2017 Direct nitrous oxide emissions in Mediterranean climate cropping systems: Emission factors based on a meta-analysis of available measurement data. Agric, Ecosyst, Environ, 238, 25-35

Sanz-Cobeña A, Lassaletta L, Aguilera E, del Prado A, Garnier J, Billen G, Iglesias A, Sánchez B, Guardia G, Abalos D, Plaza-Bonilla D, Puigdueta I, Moral R, Galán E, Arriaga H, Merino P, Infante-Amate J, Meijide A, Pardo G, Alvaro-Fuentes J, Gilsanz C, Báez D, Doltra J, González-Ubierna S, Cayuela ML, Menendez S, Diaz-Pines E, Le-Noe J, Quemada M, Estellés F, Calvet S., van Grinsven H, Westhoek H, Sanz MJ, Gimeno BS, Vallejo A, Smith P. 2017 Strategies for greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in Mediterranean agriculture: a review. Agri., Ecosyst. Environ.   238, 5-2

Lassaletta L, Billen G, Garner J, Bouwman L, Velazquez E, Mueller ND & Gerber JS. 2016 Nitrogen use in the global food system: Past trends and future trajectories of agronomic performance, pollution, trade, and dietary demand. Environ. Res. Lett. 11.

Romero E, Garnier J, Billen G, Peters F &Lassaletta L. 2016. Water management practices exacerbate nitrogen retention in Mediterranean catchments. Sci. Total. Environ. 573, 420-432.

Lassaletta L, Aguilera E, Sanz-Cobena A, Pardo G, Billen G, Garnier J &Grizzetti B. 2016 Delocalization of N2O emissions of Spanish agro-food system in the period 1961-2009Mitig. Adapt. Strateg. Glob. Change. 21, 975-994.

van Vuuren DP, Stehfest E, Gernaat DEHJ, Doelman JC, van den Berg M, Harmsen M, de Boer HS, Bouwman LF, Daioglou V, Edelenbosch OY, Girod B, Kram T, Lassaletta L, Lucas PL, van Meijl H, Müller C, van Ruijven BJ, van der Sluis, S & Tabeau, A. 2016. Energy, land-use and greenhouse gas emissions trajectories under a green growth paradigm. Global Environ. Chan.doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.05.008

Garnier J, Anglade J, Benoit M, Billen G, Puech T, Ramarson A, Passy P, Silvestre M, Lassaletta L, Trommenschlager J-M, Schott C &Tallec G. 2016. Reconnecting crop and cattle farming to reduce nitrogen losses to river water of an intensive agricultural catchment (Seine basin, France): past, present and future. Environ. Sci. Policy 63, 76-90.

Le Noé J, Billen G, Lassaletta L, Silvestre M, Garnier J 2016 Importance of agricultural transport in the biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen in France: insight into territorial production specializationCahAgric 25, 15004

Leip A, Billen G, Garnier J, Grizzetti B, Lassaletta L, Raes F, Reis S, Sutton MA, de Vries W, Weiss F &Westhoek H. 2015. The Environmental Impact of European Livestock ProductionEnviron. Res. Lett. 11, 115004.

Garnier J, Lassaletta L, Billen G, Romero E, Grizzetti B, Némery J, Quynh Le TP, Aissa-Grouz N, Vilmin L & JM Dorioz. 2015. Phosphorus Budget in the Water-Agro-Food System at Nested Scales in Two Contrasted Regions of the World (Asean-8 and Eu-27). Global Biogeochem.Cy. 9, 1348-1368.

Grizzetti B, Passy P, Billen G, Bouraoui F, Garnier J, Lassaletta L. 2015 The role of nitrogen retention in integrated nutrient management. Environ. Res. Lett. 10, 065008.

 Lassaletta L & Aguilera E. 2015.Soil carbon sequestration is a climate stabilization wedge: Comments on Sommer and Bossio (2014). 2015. J. Environ. Manage. 153, 48-49.

Billen G, Lassaletta L&Garnier J 2015.A vast range of opportunities for feeding the world in 2050: trade-off between diet, N contamination and international trade. Environ. Res. Lett. 10, 025001.

 Lassaletta L, Billen G, Grizzetti B, Anglade J &Garnier, J. 2014. 50 year trends in nitrogen use efficiency of world cropping systems: the relationship between yield and nitrogen input to cropland. Environ. Res. Lett. 9, 105011.

Casas M, Lassaletta L, Bruch A & Barron E. 2015 Vegetation in the eastern of the Iberian Peninsula during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Palynological data from the Turolian of Venta del Moro (Spain)Rev. Palaeobot. Palyno. 215: 85-99.

Sanz-Cobena A, Lassaletta L,Estellés F, Prado AD, Guardia G, Abalos D, Aguilera E, Pardo G, Vallejo A, Sutton MA, Garnier J &Billen G. 2014. Yield-scaled mitigation of ammonia emission from N fertilization: the Spanish case. Environ. Res.Lett. 9, 125005.

 Lassaletta L, Billen L, Grizzetti B, Garnier J, Leach AM & Galloway JN. 2014. Food and feed trade as a driver in the global nitrogen cycle: 50-year trends. Biogeochemistry 118:225-241.

Billen G, Lassaletta L&Garnier J. 2014.A biogeochemical view of the global agro-food system: Nitrogen flows associated with protein production, consumption and trade. Global Food Security 3, 209.

García-Gómez H, Garrido JL, Vivanco MG, Lassaletta L, Rabago I, Àvila A, Tsyro S, Sánchez G, González-Ortiz A, González-Fernández I, Alonso R. 2014 Nitrogen deposition in Spain: modelled patterns and potential implications for conservation. Sci. Total Environ. 485–486, 450-460

 Lassaletta L,Billen G, Romero E, Garnier J & Aguilera E 2014. How changes in diet and trade patterns have shaped the N cycle at the national scale: Spain (1961–2009).Reg. Environ. Change 14: 785-628

Grizzetti B, Pretato U, Lassaletta L,Billen G, Garnier J. 2013. The contribution of food waste to global and European nitrogen pollution.Environ. Sci.Policy 33, 186-195.

Billen G, Garnier J &Lassaletta L. 2013.The nitrogen cascade from agricultural soils to the sea: Modelling N transfers at regional watershed and global scales. Philos. T. Roy. Soc. B 268, 20130123

 Aguilera E, Lassaletta L, Gattinger A & Gimeno BS. 2013. Managing soil carbon for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Mediterranean cropping systems. A meta-analysis. Agr. Ecosyst. Environ. 168, 25-36.

Aguilera E, Lassaletta L, Sanz-Cobena A, Garnier J & Vallejo A., 2013. The potential of organic fertilizers and water management to reduce N2O emissions in Mediterranean climate cropping systems.A review. Agr. Ecosyst. Environ. 164, 32-52.

Romero E, Garnier J, Lassaletta L., Billen G., Le Gendre R, Riou P &Cugier P. 2013. Large-scale patterns of river inputs in SW Europe: seasonal and interannual variations and potential eutrophication effects.Biogeochemistry 113, 481-505.

Valencia J, Lassaletta L, Velázquez E, Nicolau JM & Gómez-Sal A. 2013. Factors controlling compositional changes between shrub- and grass-páramo vegetation belts in a North-Andean páramo (La Rusia, Colombia).Biotropica 45, 18-26.

 Lassaletta L, Romero E, Billen G, Garnier J, García-Gómez H & Rovira, JV. 2012. Spatialized N budgets in a large agricultural Mediterranean watershed: high loading and low transfer.Biogeosciences 9, 57-70.

 Lassaletta L, García-Gómez H, Sánchez-Gimeno B & Rovira JV. 2010. Headwater streams: neglected ecosystems in the EU Water Framework Directive. Implications for nitrogen pollution control. Environ. Sci Policy 13, 423-433.

Barron E, Ureta S, Goy A &Lassaletta L. 2010 Palynology of the Toarcian–Aalenian Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) at Fuentelsaz (Lower–Middle Jurassic, Iberian Range, Spain). Rev. Palaeobot. Palyno 162, 11-28.

Barriga JC, Lassaletta L& Moreno AG. 2010 Ground-living spiders assemblages from Mediterranean habitats under different management conditions. J. Arachnol. 38, 258-269.

Sánchez IA, Lassaletta L, McCollin D &  RGH Bunce. 2010. The effect of hedgerow loss on microclimate in the Mediterranean region: an investigation in Central Spain. AgroforestrySyt. 78 13-25.

 Lassaletta L, García-Gómez H, Sánchez-Gimeno B & Rovira JV 2009. Agriculture-induced increase in nitrate concentrations in stream waters of a large Mediterranean catchment over 25 years (1981-2005). Sci. Total. Environ. 407, 6034-604.

Peyrot D, Rodríguez-López JP, Lassaletta L, Meléndez N & Barrón E. 2007. Contributions to the palaeoenvironmental knowledge of the Escucha formation in the lower Cretaceous Oliete Sub-basin, Teruel, Spain.C. R. Palevol 6, 469-481.

Barrón E, LassalettaL& Alcalde-Olivares C. 2006. Changes in the Lower Miocene palynoflora and vegetation in the East of the Rubielos de Mora Basin (SE Iberian Ranges, Spain).Neues. Jahrb. Geol. P.-A. 242 (2/3): 171-204.


Associate Editor: Regional Environmental Change


Guest Editor: Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment


Current contribution to international initiatives

  • EuropeanNitrogenExperts Panel (EUNEP)
  • International NitrongenMaganementSystems (INMS)
  • Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
  • International Long-Term Ecological Research network (ILTER)
  • Integrated Model to Assess the Global Environment (IMAGE)


Member of the Spanish Network on Mitigation on the Agricultural Sector (REMEDIA)