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Florida International Dairy Academy

Florida International Dairy Academy

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John Arthington

Professor and Chair

jarth@ufl.edu

BIO

John Arthington, a veteran cattle scientist who most recently has served as the director of the Range Cattle Research and Education Center, has been appointed as chair of the UF/IFAS animal sciences department.

Rafael Bisinotto

Assistant Professor

rsbisinotto@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Bisinotto's research focuses on the biology of reproduction, dairy production medicine with an emphasis on uterine health, and reproductive management in dairy herds and programs for timed artificial insemination.

John Bromfield

Assistant Professor

jbromfield@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Bromfield's laboratory focuses on infection and immunity in the female reproductive tract, in particular we have a specific interest in uterine infection in dairy cows. Approximately 40% of all dairy cows acquire a uterine infection following calving resulting in pain, infertility and reduced milk production.

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Geoffrey Dahl

Professor — Harriet B. Weeks Professor

gdahl@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Dahl conducts applied and basic research with direct impact on animal production and health. Specifically, his program focuses on understanding the physiological impact of management interventions, notably photoperiod and heat stress abatement, at various stages of the lactation cycle, in an attempt to optimize cow health and performance.

Albert De Vries

Albert De Vries

Professor of Dairy Managment Systems

devries@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Devries teaches 2 undergraduate dairy courses and is involved in Dairy Challenge and the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium. His research interests are in optimization of culling and replacement strategies, statistical process control, economics of reproduction and genetics, and precision dairy farming.

Jose Dubeux

Associate Professor of Forage Agronomy

dubeux@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Dubeux's research program focuses on developing sustainable livestock production systems with an emphasis is nutrient cycling in forage production systems. These systems must be locally important and at the same time address critical global challenges including climate change, the need for sustaining or achieving greater soil quality, and reducing fossil-fuel intensive, off-farm inputs.

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Peter J. Hansen

Distinguished Professor & L.E. Red Larson Professor

pjhansen@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Hansen is a distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. His formal education was at the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin. He received postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Florida.

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Raluca Mateescu

Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Genomics

raluca@ufl.edu

BIO

As a Professor of Quantitative Genetics & Genomics, Raluca Mateescu's research is motivated by recent advances in the animal genomics field, which hold great promise for improving animal production efficiency and enhancing animal products for improved human health.

Fiona Maunsell

Clinical Assistant Professor

maunsellf@ufl.edu

BIO

Interests include bovine medicine, infectious diseases of calves, and mycoplasma infections of cattle and small ruminants, especially Mycoplasma bovis infections. She works in collaborative research on mycoplasmal infections as well as with researchers in the Emerging Pathogens Institute on the epidemiology of production animal diseases with public health significance.

Emily Miller Cushon

Emily K. Miller-Cushon

Assistant Professor

emillerc@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Miller-Cushon conducts research and teaching in the areas of animal behavior and animal welfare. In general, her research investigates the relationships between management, behavior, and welfare of farm animals.

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Corwin D. Nelson

Associate Professor

cdnelson@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Nelson holds research and teaching appointments in the Department of Animal Sciences. He specializes in vitamin nutrition and physiology of cattle. Much of his research focuses on the role of vitamin D in immunity as it applies to the health and productivity of cattle. His teaching interests include sustainable cattle systems, physiology, vitamins, and endocrinology.

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Pascal (Toni) Oltenacu

Professor

oltenacu@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Toni Oltenacu is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida and Professor Emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. For forty years, he has been active in teaching, research and outreach programs. He has taught courses in animal breeding, animal production, equine and canine genetics, decision analysis, risk analysis and systems analysis.

Fernanda M. Rezende

Assistant Professor

frezende@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Rezende's research focuses on the application of statistical analysis methods for phenotypic and genomic data to predict genetic merit or yet-to-be observed phenotypes, and to dissect the genetic architecture of economically relevant traits in livestock.

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José Eduardo P. Santos

Professor

jepsantos@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. José E.P. Santos is a Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida where he conducts research and extension in dairy cattle nutrition and reproduction. His primary research efforts focus on the interface between nutrition and reproduction and methods to improve lactation performance, health and fertility of dairy cows.

Lynn Sollenberger

Distinguished Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Agronomy

lesollen@ufl.edu

BIO

Dr. Sollenberger's research is focused on grassland agroecosystems and emphasizes developing new knowledge in the areas of ecosystem services, sustainable production, and interactions of plants, animals, and the environment.

Izabella Toledo

Regional Dairy Extension Agent

izatol@ufl.edu 

BIO

Dr. Toledo received her DVM in Brazil, where she was born and raised. In 2014 she graduated from UF with a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, where she focused on heat stress during the dry period on dairy cattle performance. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in lactation biology at AgriFood, in Quebec for 2 years. In 2018, Dr. Toledo joined UF/IFAS as a Northeast Dairy Regional Specialized Extension Agent.

Vyas

Diwakar Vyas

Assistant Professor

diwakarvyas@ufl.edu

BIO

The goal of Dr. Vyas’s research program is to optimize nutritional management for improving animal health, production efficiency, environmental sustainability, and profitability of ruminant production systems with emphasis on dairy cows and small ruminants.

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