University of Florida

Dr. Philipe Moriel

Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle Nutrition

Research and Extension Focus

Research Focus (60%)

Specific research areas:

  • Evaluate the impact of nutrition of cows and heifers during gestation (Fetal-programming) and calf nutrition during early stages of pre-weaning phase (Metabolic Imprinting) on offspring metabolism and long-term consequences to offspring health, growth and immunity.
  • Evaluate the impact of heat stress during gestation, and identify nutritional and management approaches to overcome these potential negative effects.
  • Strategic supplementation during pre- and post-breeding periods to optimize pregnancy rates and calving distribution of beef cows and replacement beef heifers.
  • Identify cost-effective, post-weaning nutrition and management strategies to:
    1. Develop replacement beef heifers;
    2. Alleviate calf stress, increase calf immunity, response to vaccination and value at sale.

Extension Focus (40%)

Develop multi-disciplinary, statewide, producer-driven extension programs to increase cow-calf profitability in tropical and subtropical environments. More specifically, my extension focus will consist of a variety of educational programs using information generated primarily at RCREC to increase health, growth and reproductive performance of grazing beef cattle.


  • Implement multi-county, multi-state hands-on educational programs for beef cattle producers.
  • Increase County Agent training to further improve the service to Florida beef cattle producers.
  • Collaborate with extension specialists in Florida and other states to optimize grazing beef cattle production in U.S.


2013-Ph.D., University of Florida, Ruminant Nutrition

2010-M.S., University of Wyoming, Animal and Veterinary Sciences

2008-B.S., Sao Paulo State University, Brazil, Ruminant Nutrition

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

June 2006-Present; Assistant Professor, 40% Extension and 60% Research, University of Florida, Range Cattle Research and Education Center, Ona, FL
October 2013-May 2016; Assistant Professor, 75% Extension and 25% Research, North Carolina State University, Department of Animal Science, Raleigh, NC.

Professional Memberships

American Forage and Grassland Council, 2015 – present.
NC Cattlemen’s Association, 2013 – present.
American Society of Animal Science, 2008 – present.
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, 2008 – present.



Philipe Moriel, Ph.D.

Range Cattle Research & Education Center
3401 Experiment Station
Ona, FL 33865

Telephone: (863) 735-1314
ext. 208

Facsimile: (863) 735-1930