Nimai Senapati



Mathematical Modeller

Sustainable Soils and Crops


Nimai is a mathematical modeller (post doctorate research scientist) at Rothamsted Research, working on two strategic programmes viz. DFW (Designing Future Wheat) and ASSIST (Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems). The main aim of his work is to design and test in silico wheat ideotypes of high yield potentials for future target environments, and to identify key wheat traits for improvement. He is also actively involved in silico quantification of national wheat yield potentials and yield gaps across the UK under current and future climates. After finishing his PhD in soil carbon modelling from the University of New England, Australia, he joined INRA, France in 2012 as post doctorate researcher in ecosystem modelling and worked on modelling of carbon, nitrogen, water and heat dynamics and greenhouse gas (CO2 and N2O) exchange and emissions in/from managed grasslands and grain cropping systems until 2017. Nimai has joined Rothamsted Research at the end of 2017 as a mathematical modeller working on wheat plant (ideotype). He is specialising in modelling of soils, agriculture, agroecosystems and plants. His main expertise is in mathematical, statistical and mechanistic models of soil-plant-atmosphere interface. Nimai is also actively involved in international activities on crop model inter-comparison and improvement, such as AgMIP-Wheat.




    +44 (0) 1582 938 295


      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ


        Strategic Programmes

        Designing Future Wheat (DFW)

        Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)


        2013 – PhD in Soil Science (Simulation of Soil Carbon Dynamics), University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

        2007 – MSc in Soil Science (Soil Chemistry/Fertility/Modelling), Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India 

        2005 – BSc in Agriculture (Hons.), Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal, India



        Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Ecosystem Modelling 2012-2017 - French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Poitou-Charentes, Versailles-Grignon, France

        International Postgraduate Scholarship for PhD Programme (Modelling Soil Carbon Dynamics) 2009-2012 (UNEIPS) - University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

        Merit Certificate for obtaining the highest overall credit point average of 8.60 out of 10.00 in the M.Sc. Soil Science Programme during 2005-2007 - Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

        Gold Medal in Master of Soil Science [DR. Narinder Singh Randhawa Medal] - Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

        Junior Research Fellowship for M.Sc. Programme in Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry 2005-2007 (JRF) - Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, India


        European Geosciences Union (EGU) & The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society (iEMSs)

        Journal Reviewer

        Environmental Modelling and Software, Scientific Reports, Science of The Total Environment, Soil and Tillage Research, Plant and Soil, Biogeosciences etc. 

        Invited article contribution

        SATSA Mukhapatra - Annual Technical Issue 2015, 19: pp., 49-58 & 69-82; Modelling and Simulation of Diffusive Processes. Methods and Applications. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 293-313.