Department News and Updates! March 10, 2017


  • Maci Lienemann Mueller, ABG Masters student made the UCD Graduate studies Grad Slam top 10 finalist list: the Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses in disciplines ranging from biology, physical, & humanities sciences compete by presenting their research in 3 minutes & 3 slides to a general audience. The winner competes in a UC system wide competition. Cheer her on in the final held Apr 14 at 1 pm (register here)
  • Jordan Tonooko received the Undergraduate Research Center Travel Award to attend the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association Meeting, which Jordan attended and presented the results of her Animal Biology undergraduate thesis research
  • Thanks to all who made the 2017 Ag Science Field Day a roaring success!
  • Eric Thompson welcomes new daughter, Ellen, into his life. Congratulations!
  • Tony Miller will be moving from the Food Chain Purchasing team to the Contracts & Grants team; details on the transition will be forthcoming


  • Luis Morales, Sergio Burgos, Ed DePeters, & Jim Fadel co-authors of “Short communication: Urea hydrolysis in dairy cattle manure under different temperature, urea, and pH conditions” in J Dairy Sci
  • Bob Sainz & Jim Oltjen coauthors on “Growth of total fat and lean and of primal cuts is affected by the sex type” in Animal
  • Richard Zinn a co-author of “Influence of feeding enzymatically hydrolysed yeast cell wall + yeast culture on growth performance of calf-fed Holstein steers” in J Applied animal Research


  • Alison Van Eenennaam keynote speaker at the Snyder Livestock Bull event, Yerinton, NV
  • Frank Mitloehner keynote speaker at the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) board meeting in Orlando Florida and presented testimony to the Oregon Senate on the proposed new air regulations for the OR dairy industry
  • Three Genomic Variation Lab members presented talks at the annual Interagency Ecological Program workshop in Folsom, CA: Ann Holmes presented "High-Throughput Sequencing Provides Novel Insight into Cache Slough Complex Food Web", Mandi Finger presented "Development and Evaluation of an Environmental DNA (eDNA) Protocol to Monitor Wild Delta Smelt", and Daphne Gille co-presented "How Can a Delta Smelt Conservation Hatchery be Utilized for Species Recovery? Opportunities, Risks, and Benefits”