My lab utilizes genomic tools to identify population structure and relatedness to production, adaption, and disease in animals. I specifically focus on dairy cattle and goat production and improvement through the identification of genetic markers influencing traits and those markers potential as diagnostic tools for herd management.
My main cattle projects include population dynamics across varying breeds, thermo-tolerance in tropical cattle, and mastitis resistance. My goat research involves the population structure and trait association in African goats to improve food security in developing countries.
I also have a small project investigating the genetic diversity of Alaskan musk ox and have previously researched the genetic foundations of Alaskan sled dog athletic performance.