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Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences

Dr. Geoffrey Dahl

Professor — Harriet B. Weeks Professor
President, American Dairy Science Association

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 harness that knowledge to optimize cow health and performance. The fundamental aspects of Geoff’s research has led to application in other agriculturally important species including sheep, goats and pigs.

Programs

  • Research

    Research Summary

    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 harness that knowledge to optimize cow health and performance.  The fundamental aspects of Geoff’s research has led to application in other agriculturally important species including sheep, goats and pigs.

  • Teaching

    Dr. Dahl has taught courses on dairy management, general and lactation physiology and endocrinology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Most recently he taught “Advanced Physiology of Lactation in Domestic Animals” (ANS 6702).  He is also responsible for oversight of the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department, working closely with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Graduate Program Director.

    • ANS 6751 – Physiology of Reproduction, Spring in odd years 3cr

Dahl

Contact

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-294-6980

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
gdahl@ufl.edu

  • Education

    Education:

    • 1987-1991; Ph.D. (Animal Science), Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • 1985-1987; M.S. (Dairy Science), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA
    • 1981-1985; B.S. (Animal Science; Minor: Agricultural Economics), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

    Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

    • 2018-Present; Professor and Harriet B. Weeks Professorship Endowed Chair, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville.
    • 2006-2018; Professor and Chair, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville.
    • 2006; Affiliate, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    • 2005-Present; Professor, Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (adjunct status after 8-16-06).
    • 2003-2006; Director, Cross Campus Food Security Initiative, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    • 2000-2005; Associate Professor, Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
    • 2000; Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Animal & Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park.
    • 1997-2000; Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Animal & Avian Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park.
    • 1994-1996; Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park.
    • 1991-1994; Research Fellow, Reproductive Sciences Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards

    Honors and Awards

    • Mentor of the Year Award (Animal Sciences Graduate Student Association, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, 2010).
    • Pfizer Animal Health Physiology Research Award (American Dairy Science Association, 2008).
    • Outstanding or Innovative Program – Team Award for the UI On-Line Dairy Certificate Program (University of Illinois Extension, 2006).
    • H.H. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Research (Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, 2006).
    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Campus Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching (2006).
    • Fellow in Academic Leadership, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (University of Illinois, 2005-2006).
    • Merial Dairy Management Research Award (American Dairy Science Association, 2004).
    • G. R. Carlisle Award for Excellence in Extension Teaching (Department of Animal Sciences, University of llinois, 2004).
    • Outstanding or Innovative Program-Team Award (University of Illinois Extension,2003).
    • Lilly-Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Fellow (University of Maryland, 1999-2000).
    • Excellence in Instruction Award, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Alumni Association University of Maryland, 1999).
    • Agway Inc. Young Scientist Award (American Dairy Science Association, 1999).
    • ADEC Educational Infrastructure Builder Award (Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, PCO/Program Panel, Madison, Wisconsin, 1998).
    • Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Michigan State University, 1991).
    • Lilly Travel Grant (Michigan State University, 1990).

    Professional Memberships

    • American Dairy Science Association
    • American Society of Animal Science
    • Society for the Study of Reproduction
    • Society for Neuroscience
    • Endocrine Society