Experts List

These researchers are prepared to speak on important issues in animal science and production. For additional information, please contact Kim Schoonmaker, ASAS Scientific Communications Associate, at kims@asas.org

Animal Well Being

Dr. Candace Croney
Purdue University
ccroney@purdue.edu

Dr. Croney studies animal behavior, cognition and well-being. She focuses on the effects of rearing environments and enrichment on animal behavior and welfare.

Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk
University of British Columbia
nina@mail.ubc.ca

Dr. von Keyserlingk is a professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. She and her students work on finding practical solutions for improving the welfare of animals, particularly cattle.

Genetic Engineering

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam
University of California, Davis
alvaneenennaam@ucdavis.edu 

Dr. Van Eenennaam researches the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. She focuses on DNA-based biotechnologies in beef cattle production.

Meat Science

Dr. Janeal Yancey
University of Arkansas
jws09@uark.edu

Dr. Yancey researches beef and pork quality. She posts resources about meat safety on her blog Mom at the Meat Counter.

Dr. Surendranath Suman
University of Kentucky
spsuma2@uky.edu

Dr. Suman is an associate professor of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. His research program focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of meat color

Antibiotic Use in Animal Production

Dr. James Pettigrew
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
jepettig@illinois.edu

Dr. Pettigrew is a professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. He studies animal nutrition and production practices.

Sustainable Agriculture

Dr. Jude Capper
Livestock Sustainability Consultant
jude@livestocksustainability.com

Dr. Capper is a livestock sustainability consultant based in the United Kingdom. Her research projects and outreach efforts focus on modeling the environmental and economic impact of livestock production systems.

Dr. Kristen Johnson
Washington State University
johnsoka@wsu.edu

Dr. Johnson is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University. Her research program seeks to generate scientifically based information about air quality and cattle production.

Animal Science in Zoos

Dr. Mary E. Allen
FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
mary.allen@fda.hhs.gov

Dr. Allen is a supervisory animal scientist with the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. In her previous jobs she worked with zoos to establish realistic and scientifically based nutritional management programs for a variety of species.

Dr. Debra A. Schmidt
Saint Louis Zoo
schmidt@stlzoo.org

Dr. Schmidt is an animal nutritionist with the Saint Louis Zoo. She specializes in diet formulation of zoo animals.

Livestock in Developing Countries

Dr. Surendranath Suman
University of Kentucky
spsuma2@uky.edu

Dr. Suman is an associate professor of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He has experience in animal agriculture in several developing countries, including Brazil, India, South Africa, and China.

Pet Care

Dr. George Fahey
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
gcfahey@illinois.edu

Dr. Fahey is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. His species expertise is companion animals (dogs and cats) and his discipline expertise is dietary fiber, digestive physiology, and fermentation.

Dr. Kelly Swanson
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
ksswanso@illinois.edu

Dr. Swanson is a professor of animal and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois. His lab studies the effects of nutritional intervention on canine and feline health, with emphasis on gastrointestinal health and obesity.