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Juan Carlos Laso Bayas

Research Scholar

Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Juan Carlos Laso Bayas (Ecuador) joined the Ecosystems Services and Management program in September 2015 as a research scholar. He currently works with the Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES) group in the Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) program and his current scientific interests include the use of GIS and spatial statistics, more specifically mixed models, to analyze remote sensing data, aiming to contribute to agricultural production, food security, disaster management and community resilience.

Dr. Laso Bayas obtained his BSc in Agricultural Sciences at Zamorano University, Honduras, specializing in Socio-Economic Development and Environment. He continued his studies in Germany where he obtained his MSc in Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics as well as his PhD in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. For his dissertation, he studied the mega-tsunami event of December 2004 and combined remote sensing, GIS and generalized linear mixed models in order to relate land use, distance to the sea and topography to tsunami casualties and damages in West-Aceh, Indonesia and the Seychelles.

His experience includes: Advanced tropical agriculture and forestry field work at Zamorano; field technician at a joint USAID-Zamorano rehabilitation project after hurricane Mitch (1998) in south Honduras; student counselor at Zamorano; research assistant for the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; technical assistant for the Illinois Crop Improvement Association, Champaign, USA and researcher in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF-SEA), at Bogor, Indonesia.

Before joining IIASA, Dr. Laso Bayas worked as a statistical consultant for the Biostatistics Institute, at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Piepho.

Last update: 12 JAN 2021


McCallum, I. , Kyba, C.C.M., Laso Bayas, J.C. , Moltchanova, E., Cooper, M., Crespo Cuaresma, J., Pachauri, S. , See, L. , Danylo, O., Moorthy, I., Lesiv, M. , Baugh, K., Elvidge, C.D., Hofer, M. , & Fritz, S. (2022). Estimating global economic well-being with unlit settlements. Nature Communications 13 e2459. 10.1038/s41467-022-30099-9.

Laso Bayas, J.C. , See, L. , Georgieva, I., Shchepashchenko, D. , Danylo, O., Dürauer, M., Bartl, H., Hofhansl, F. , Zadorozhniuk, R., Burianchuk, M., Sirbu, F., Magori, B., Blyshchyk, K., Blyshchyk, V., Rabia, A.H., Pawe, C.K., Su, Y.-F., Ahmed, M., Panging, K., Melnyk, O., Vasylyshyn, O., Vasylyshyn, R., Bilous, A., Bilous, S., Das, K., Prestele, R., Pérez-Hoyos, A., Bungnamei, K., Lashchenko, A., Lakyda, Maryna., Lakyda, I., Serediuk, O., Domashovets, G., Yurchuk, Y., Koper, M., & Fritz, S. (2022). Drivers of tropical forest loss between 2008 and 2019. Scientific Data 9 (1) e146. 10.1038/s41597-022-01227-3.

Cooper, M., Müller, B., Cafiero, C., Laso Bayas, J.C. , Crespo Cuaresma, J., & Kharas, H. (2021). Monitoring and projecting global hunger: Are we on track? Global Food Security 30 e100568. 10.1016/j.gfs.2021.100568.