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Faculty and Staff

Faculty


Dr. Micheal W. Salisbury

Dr. Micheal W. Salisbury

Department Chair and Professor of Animal Science
Phone: 325-942-2027
Fax: 325-942-2183
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Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Ph.D. (1999) Reproductive Physiology, New Mexico State University
M.S. (1996) Animal Science, Angelo State University
B.S. (1994) Animal Science, Angelo State University

Teaching Areas:

Wool and mohair selection and grading, genetics, animal reproduction, livestock management

Research Interests:

  • Decreasing reproductive wastage in sheep, goats and cattle
  • Developing management practices to increase reproductive efficiency in domestic livestock species
  • Effect of nutrition on reproduction in ruminants
  • Relationship among performance test and production traits and long range management in sheep and goats
  • Meat goat performance testing (ASU Meat Goat Performance Test)

Dr. Brian J. May

Dr. Brian J. May

Angelo State University President and Professor of Animal Science
Phone: 325-942-2073
Fax: 325-942-2183
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Education:

Ph.D. (1987) Ruminant Nutrition, Texas A&M University
M.S. (1982) Animal Science, Angelo State University
B.S. (1980) Animal Science, Angelo State University

Teaching Areas:

Animal science, livestock production, nutrition, animal physiology

Research Interests:

  • Effect of growth implants on feedlot lamb performance and carcass characteristics
  • Use of rumen escape protein sources on performance of growing and finishing bulls

Scott Cody

Dr. Cody B. Scott

Professor of Animal Science
Phone: 325-486-6744
Fax: 325-942-2183
Curriculum Vitae
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Education:

Ph.D. (1995) Range Science, Utah State University
M.S. (1992) Animal Science, Angelo State University
B.S. (1990) Animal Science, Angelo State University

Teaching Areas:

Range management, range plants and wildlife, grazing management, animal behavior

Research Interests:

  • Manipulating ruminant feeding behavior to prevent plant-induced toxicity
  • Increasing intake of invasive plants by livestock
  • The role of livestock in the spread of mesquite
  • Supplementation strategies to limit plant-induced toxicity
  • Cost-effective wildlife management of West Central Texas

Dr. Kirk Braden

Dr. Kirk Braden

Associate Professor of Animal Science
Phone: 325-486-6746
Fax: 325-942-2183
Curriculum Vitae
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Education:

Ph.D. (2006) Animal Science, Auburn University
M.S. (2003) Animal Science, Texas Tech University
B.S. (2001) Animal Science, Texas Tech University

Teaching Areas:

Livestock and meat selection, live animal-carcass evaluation, meats

Research Interests:

  • Development of alternative beef finishing systems for production of products for identified niche consumer markets
  • Pre-harvest intervention strategies for reduction of pathogens prior and during harvest
  • New protein product development: sensory, quality, food safety, shelf-life and marketability
  • Consumer research, education and outreach programs for lamb and goat products
  • Factors affecting retail shelf life and methods of increasing color/quality stability

Dr. Loree A. Branham

Dr. Loree A. Branham

Associate Professor of Animal Science
Phone: 325-486-6749
Fax: 325-942-2183
Curriculum Vitae
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Education:

Ph.D. (2007) Animal Science-Food Safety, Texas Tech University
M.S. (2004) Animal Science, Angelo State University
B.S. (2002) Animal Science, Angelo State University

Teaching Areas:

Animal anatomy and physiology, food science, food safety and sanitation

Research Interest:

  • Pre- and post-harvest food safety issues
  • Antimicrobial resistance associated with food-borne pathogens
  • Pathogen control of commercially produced meat and wild game
  • Extension outreach methods used to educate the public and industry on food quality and safety issues

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Dr. Andrew Wright

Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics
Phone: 325-486-6751
Fax: 325-942-2183
Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Ph.D. (2012) Agriculture and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University
M.A. (2010) Economics, Texas Tech University    
M. Public Admin. (2009) Texas Tech University                                     
B.A. (2006) Economics, Truman State University

Teaching Areas:

Agribusiness marketing, agribusiness finance, agricultural economics, agribusiness management, land and natural resource economics, agribusiness statistics, farm and ranch management

Research Interests:

  • Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
  • Water Management Policy

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Dr. Chase Runyan

Instructor/Research Scientist
Phone: 325-486-6758
Fax: 325-942-2183
Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Ph.D. (2013) Animal Science, Texas A&M University
M.S. (2010) Animal Science, Texas A&M University
B.S. (2007) Animal Science, Oklahoma State University

Teaching Areas:

Ruminant Nutrition, Beef Cattle

Research Interests:

  • Beef Cattle Nutrition Management
  • Beef Cattle Heard Health Systems
  • Diets for Growing and Developing Bulls
  • Replacement Heifer Development Protocols

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Dr. J. Will Dickison

Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Agriculture Science
Phone: 325-486-6745
Fax: 325-942-2183

Education:

Ph.D. (2010) Reproductive Physiology, Texas A&M University
M.S. (2004) Agriculture Science, Texas Tech University
B.S. (2003) Agriculture Education, Texas Tech University

Teaching Areas:

Ag Science and Leadership Courses

Research Interest:

  • Improving synchrony in ruminant animals for the purpose of timed artificial insemination
  • Reproductive efficiency of ruminant animals
  • Impact of ag education on performance of post high school students
  • Impact of SAE’s on the overall educational performance of high school students

Corey J. Owens

Corey J. Owens

Instructor/Research Associate
Phone: 325-486-6757
Fax: 325-942-2183
Curriculum Vitae

Education:

M.S. (2007) Animal Science, Angelo State University
B.S. (2005) Animal Science, Angelo State University

Teaching Areas:

Animal science, range management, microcomputers in the sciences

Research Interests:

  • Biological control options for invasive plant species
  • Role of livestock in mesquite seed dispersal
  • Cost-effective methods of slowing mesquite encroachment
  • The role of prescribed fire in range management and invasive plant control

Robert P. Cope

Robert P. Cope

Instructor/Coordinator of Meat and Food Science Programs
Phone: 325-942-2515
Fax: 325-942-2516

Education:

M.S.T. (1993) Tarleton State University
B.S.    (1991) Animal Production, Tarleton State University

Teaching Areas:

Live animal and carcass evaluation, meats, processed meats

Research Interests:

  • Pathogens related to food borne illness
  • Intervention strategies for pathogens in the food industry
  • Product development

Teaching Adjunct Faculty


John Begnaud

Adjunct Faculty
Fax: 325-942-2516
Curriculum Vitae

Education:

M.Ag. (1976) Horticulture, Texas A&M University
B.S. (1974) Horticulture, Texas A&M University

Teaching Areas:

Soil Science

 


 

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Ruben Cantu

Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 325-486-6756
Fax: 325-942-2516

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

M.S. (1980) Wildlife Science, Texas A&I University
B.S. (1982) Range and Wildlife Science, Texas A&I University

Teaching Areas:

Range Wildlife Management

 


Staff


Annette Roberts

Annette Roberts

Office Coordinator
Phone: 325-942-2027
Fax: 325-942-2183

 


Dennis Block

Dennis Block

Research Technician


Michael Boenig

Research Associate
Phone: 325-942-2515

 


Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Todd R. Callaway

USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Food and Feed Safety Research Unit, Southern Plains Agriculture Research Center (Research Microbiologist)

Dr. B. Frank Craddock

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Sheep and Goat Production)

Dr. Christopher J. Lupton

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Wool and Mohair Technology)

Dr. Rick Machen

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Livestock Production)

Dr. William E. Pinchak

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Range Animal Nutrition)

Dr. Dale Rollins

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Wildlife Management)

Dr. Markus F. Miller

Texas Tech University (Meat Science, Food Processing and Preservation)

Dr. Charles A. Taylor Jr.

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Range Animal Nutrition, Grazing Management)

Dr. Leslie D. Thompson

Texas Tech University (Food Science and Safety)

Dr. Daniel F. Waldron

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Animal Genetics)

Dr. John Walker

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Ruminant Foraging Behavior)

Dr. Travis R. Whitney

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (Ruminant Nutrition)


Retired Faculty and Staff

Dr. Gil R. Engdahl

Retired Professor of Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition)

Dr. Warren L. Griffin

Retired Professor of Animal Science (Meat Science)

Dr. G. Leon Holland

Professor Emeritus of Animal Science (Computer Applications in Agriculture)

Mr. Clayton S. McCown

Retired Coordinator of Research

Dr. Donald R. Shelby

Professor Emeritus of Animal Science (Animal Genetics and Reproduction)