Department News and Updates! August 14, 2015


  • Bernie May inducted into American Fisheries Society Genetics Section Hall of Excellence
  • Dana Welch has taken a position as Program Director for the City of Davis; we wish her much success & good fortune in her new role
  • 2 UCD-bred goats received the elite designation by the American Dairy Goat Association for genetic merit
  • Huaijun Zhou mentioned in UCfoodobserver article
  • Ermias Kebreab quoted in AFP article regarding enteric methane emissions


  • Brittany Bjelde, Nate Miller & Anne Todgham co-authored "The Role of Oxygen in Determining Upper Thermal Limits in Lottia digitalis under Air Exposure and Submersion" in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology
  • Mike Miller co-author on “The development and characterization of a 57K single nucleotide polymorphism array for rainbow trout” in Mol Ecol Resources


  • Elizabeth Maga & Jim Murray continue to host the biennial transgenic animal conference at Lake Tahoe (10th international meeting). Pablo Ross, Lydia Garas, Luciana Bertolini (alum) & Alison Van Eenennaam presented.
  • Alison Van Eenennaam spoke on “Communicating GMOs to the public: a wicked scientific communication problem” at the National Conference of State Legislature’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee in Seattle
  • Frank Mitloehner was a featured speaker (“Sustainable Intensification of Animal Agriculture to satisfy Human Nutritional Needs and Protect the Environment”) at the Dairy Environmental Systems and Climate Adaptation Conference held at Cornell
  • Alison Van Eenennaam presented “Utilizing Molecular Information in Beef Cattle Selection” at the Angus Genomics Forum held at Modesto Jr College
  • Anne Todgham hosted Frederick Nelson, a rising Junior from Howard University, in her lab for 8 wks as part of the UC-HBCU (historically black colleges & universities) program; he is featured in a write up of the UC-HBCU initiative
  • Ermias Kebreab gave invited presentation on ‘Sustainable livestock systems – the case of Vietnam’ at the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, MD