Mariana Azenha was born in Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 24, 1985. She is the youngest daughter of Francisco Rodrigues Azenha Neto and Lucia Helena Viera Azenha. Mariana graduated in January 2008 with an Animal Science degree from the Sao Paulo State University - Ilha Solteira, Brazil.
In March of 2008 she started her M.Sc. program in Animal Science at the Sao Paulo State University, under the guidance of Dr. Ana Claudia Ruggieri, working with forage management and animal production on pastures. She received her M.Sc. degree in February of 2010. In March of 2010 she started her doctorate´s degree in Animal Science at the same University. During her program she will work with forage production, soil, roots and greenhouse gases.
In November, 2011 Mariana started e-mail communications with Dr. Maria Lucia Silveira to spend 6 months at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center (RCREC), as part of his doctorate’s degree program.
She arrived at Range Cattle REC - University of Florida in May 2012 as a visiting Scholar under advising of Dr. Silveira.