Zoe Willis

Zoe Willis Chair of Early Career Council

Contact Email: earlycareercouncil@bsas.org.uk / Z.Willis.1@warwick.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Warwick

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health and Disease

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project looks at furthering our understanding of footrot in sheep by studying the virulence factors and strain community of the main bacterium that causes this highly endemic disease.

Being part of the Early Career Council has allowed me to develop strong collaborations with other students, researchers and industries who I wouldn't have had contact with otherwise.

Andy Jones

Andy Jones Deputy Chair of Early Career Council

Contact Email: andy.jones@rothamsted.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Rothamsted Research & University of Bristol

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD aiming to optimise pasture-based sheep production systems through the development of a definitive set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to be used by sheep producers.

BSAS has given me the opportunity to interact with other early career scientists, develop my existing research skills and gain awareness of the research currently being undertaken in my field.

Natalie Meades

Natalie Meades Council Member

Contact Email: nam39@aber.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Aberystwyth University

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production & Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD looking at the effect of low moisture feed block supplementation on the productivity, rumen fermentation of forage and metabolism of sheep. 

Alanna Reid

Alanna Reid Council Member

Contact Email: alanna.reid143@gmail.com

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Queens University & AFBI

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition & Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD investigating the effect of fat, fibre and crude protein on the performance and gut microbiota of finishing pigs.

Jamie McFadzean

Jamie McFadzean Council Member

Contact Email: jamie.mcfadzean@defra.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health & Disease Policy

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Producation Livestock

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: Senior Policy Advisor on zoonotic disease delivering effective and evidence based zoonotic disease control policy for the UK livestock sector.

Jen-yun Chou

Jen-yun Chou Council Member

Contact Email: Jenyun.Chou@ed.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Edinburgh / SRUC / Teagasc

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Behaviour & Welfare

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD is using enrichment and dietary strategies to reduce tail biting in pigs housed in fully-slatted systems.

Viola Farci

Viola Farci Council Member

Contact Email: v.farci.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Glasgow

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition and Health

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Horses and Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project is focused on the effect of feed processing on digestibility and microbiome of horses and ruminants

 

Annie Williams

Annie Williams Council Member

Contact Email: awilliams@harper-adams.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Harper Adams University

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep & Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD research investigates reducing particle size of minerals into the nano scale to improve bioavailability for ruminants with a particular focus on copper.
I also work as Export Manager & Technical Support for Agrimin Ltd the sponsors of my PhD.

Katie McDermott

Katie McDermott Council Member

Contact Email: k.mcdermott@leeds.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Leeds

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition, Production & Health

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am currently working as a postdoc and I am involved with research and undergraduate teaching. 

Hayley Marshall

Hayley Marshall Council Member

Contact Email: Hayley.Marshall1@nottingham.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Nottingham

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health & Disease

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Sheep

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am a PhD student working to optimising the use of footbathing for the prevention of lameness in sheep. 

Lucy Ross

Lucy Ross Council Member

Contact Email: Lucy.Ross@nottingham.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Nottingham

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Dairy Cows

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD researching heifer rearing and whole-farm feed efficiency in UK dairy systems in partnership with AHDB.

Brad Harrison

Brad Harrison Council Member

Contact Email: b.harrison@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University of Reading

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Dairy Science / Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Dairy Cows

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD identifying the barriers to and facilitators for reducing phosphorus losses from UK dairy farms.

Owen Powell

Owen Powell Council Member

Contact Email: Owen.Powell@roslin.ed.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Roslin Institute / University of Edinburgh

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Livestock and Crop Breeding

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Dairy Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD redesigning the structure of breeding programmes for the deployment of genomic selection. My work aims to maximise genetic gain across a range of livestock and crop species.

Victoria Lindsay

Victoria Lindsay Council Member

Contact Email: VLindsay18@rvc.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Royal Veterinary College

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Genomics

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Horses

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD investigating the genetic architecture of the muscular syndrome exertional rhabdomyolysis in horses.

Allison Craig

Allison Craig Council Member

Contact Email: Allison.Craig@sruc.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: SRUC & University of Glasgow

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Poultry

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD research concerned the use of additives in poultry diets to improve gut health.

Joana Lima

Joana Lima Council Member

Contact Email: joana.lima@sruc.ac.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: SRUC & University of Edinburgh

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Genetics, Genomics & Metagenomics

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Beef Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: My PhD project is about putative associations between the microbiome and metagenome from the rumen of beef cattle and production traits of the host, including weight gain, appetite and feed conversion efficiency.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith Council Member

Contact Email: Paul.Smith@teagasc.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Teagasc & University College Dublin

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Production

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD aimed at furthering our understanding of the biological mechanisms of methane production to aid climate change mitigation strategies for ruminant livestock production.

Aisling O’Connor

Aisling O’Connor Council Member

Contact Email: aisling.oconnor@teagasc.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: Teagasc, Moorepark & Wageningen University & Research

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Health & disease

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Dairy cows

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am doing a PhD investigating economic and environmental impacts of disease in pasture-based dairy cows.

Stuart Kirwan

Stuart Kirwan Council Member

Contact Email: Stuart.Kirwan.1@ucdconnect.ie

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: University College Dublin

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Nutrition

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Beef Cattle

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: The objective of my PhD is to investigate the effects of low protein diets, natural additives, feeding by-products to beef cattle as a means of reducing N excretion and altering the nitrogen excretion pathway from urinary to faecal nitrogen and to investigate feeding novel dietary supplements in vitro on their potential in reducing nitrogen excretion using the RUSITEC artifical rumen system.

Hannah Davies

Hannah Davies Council Member

Contact Email: hannah.davis@ahdb.org.uk

Q: Where are you based for your PhD/job?

A: AHDB

Q: What area of animal science is your PhD/job associated with?

A: Knowledge Transfer

Q: What animal(s) is your research/job associated with?

A: Pigs

Q: What is the focus of your PhD/job?

A: I am a Knowledge Transfer Officer for the Pork sector. I help to deliver research and innovation to producers.