Dr. Jasmine Bruno joined the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) in August 2023 as a scientific program director. She manages FFAR’s Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area.
Prior to joining FFAR, Bruno worked at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), researching system-appropriate genetics to support food security and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. While at ILRI, Bruno collaboratively designed and implemented large-scale research for a development program working with households in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania to identify local and tropically adapted poultry breeds appropriate for low-input production systems.
Prior to her role at ILRI, Bruno worked with the livestock team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She contributed to the livestock team’s strategy and served as a relationship manager with several organizations. Bruno also conducted research in the U.S. beef sector, examining the causes and consequences of social and ecological change in northeastern Colorado ranching communities. She has co-authored multiple publications, including articles on the diffusion of innovations in livestock systems, land-use change and livestock system transformations.
Bruno received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Colby College, her master’s degree in international agricultural development from the University of California, Davis and her doctorate in rangeland ecosystems from Colorado State University. She conducted postgraduate work at The Ohio State University.
Outside of work, Bruno enjoys spending time in nature with her family.