Dr Jordana Rivero-Viera Chairperson
Jordana Rivero’s work is focused on livestock grazing systems with an emphasis on sustainability. Her research covers main aspects of grazing livestock systems such as pasture and grazing management, animal performance and emissions, forage quality and breeding objectives for several livestock species. Jordana started her career in Uruguay, developing breeding goals and breeding objectives for dairy cattle under pasture-based systems, and in 2013 she was awarded a PhD in Agricultural Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile where she gained experience in grazing systems and NIRS applied to feeds and animal products. Jordana also collaborated on the characterisation of a creole sheep breed, regarding grazing behaviour and meat quality. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the joint effect of agronomic management and cultivar of perennial ryegrass on grazing dairy cows ‘performance and nutrients use efficiency. In her current role at Rothamsted Research, Jordana is involved in a variety of fascinating research projects related to nutrient flow efficiency through the soil-plant-animal continuum, animal behaviours and welfare, animal genetic selection, grazing systems, sward diversity and key performance indicators. Jordana is also an active participant of the NCC North Wyke Farm Platform (Devon), where she works on grazing management of beef and sheep, pasture production/utilisation, animal behaviour and product quality.
Dr Helen I. Ajayi Committee Member
Helen I. Ajayi has a BSc Biochemistry, an MSc and PhD in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, and a Certificate in Dairy Farming and Entrepreneurship. She is a lecturer and researcher in Benson Idahosa University, Benin city, Nigeria where she resides. She has over 15 years of experience in academia, 10 years of these are in leadership capacity. As a member of BSAS, she represents the African continent in the BSAS Global committee. She was the vice president of OWSD chapter in her school for 4 years during which they successfully hosted an international conference of OWSD, she is still an active member of the executives. Helen serves in many capacities in her school in addition to being the current assistant dean of her faculty, a mentor, a course adviser, a mother and a wife.
Dr Jude Capper, PhD ARAgS Committee Member
Jude L. Capper, PhD, DSc (h.s.) ARAgS has two main roles: she is the ABP Chair and Professor of Sustainable Beef and Sheep systems at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, UK; and is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK.
Jude's research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy, beef and sheep. She is currently working on projects relating to on-farm greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef production; climate footprints of smallholder farming; the impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability; and technology use in South American beef production. She sits on the National Beef Association board; is Chair of the Route Panel for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care and Vice-Chair of the Green Apprenticeships Advisory Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to livestock production. In 2021, Jude was awarded both an honorary doctorate (DSc honoris causa) by Harper Adams University, and the Sir John Hammond Award by the British Society of Animal Science and British Cattle Breeders Club, in recognition of her contributions to the UK livestock industry.
Dr Michael Rose Committee Member
Mike graduated with a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in 1993. His PhD was an investigation of the extent of the milk yield response of dairy cows to bovine somatotropin. Following this he worked in the National Institute of Grassland and Livestock Research (Japan), for seven years as a research officer, where he studied the metabolic endocrinology of dairy cows. He moved to Aberystwyth University (UK) in 2000 and was there until 2019. He moved to the University of Tasmania in 2019 where he is Interim Director, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.
Professor Frank Dunshea Committee Member
Frank Dunshea is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Agriculture at The University of Melbourne in Australia and Professor of Animal Growth and Development at The University of Leeds In the UK. Frank has a more than 35-yr research career in the area of growth physiology and nutrition and the use of domestic animals in nutritional and biomedical research. He has published over 900 journal, conference, book or technical articles. His research has had a high scientific impact, with many of the results being rapidly adopted by industry. Frank is a respected research leader in global livestock industries and is committed to ensuring that livestock industries operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. Much of his work has focused on improving efficiency through reducing inputs and outputs while maintaining product quality and consumer health. In addition to many awards, Frank is a Fellow of the Australian Nutrition Society, the Australasian Pig Science Association, and the Australian Association of Animal Sciences.
Eric Newton Committee Member
Eric is based at the University of Reading, completing a PhD aimed at further understanding the nutritional and microbiological implications concerning the introduction of alternative source phycological supplementation of dairy cattle for consumers and the public health.
Kerri Coffey Committee Member
Kerri is completing her animal science degree at Harper Adams University. Kerri is interested in a career focused on animal welfare and knowledge exchange with farmers to improve practices.
A founding member of the BSAS Undergraduate council, Kerri believes that working with BSAS committees has given her an excellent opportunity to develop skills and reach out to industry professionals and researchers to help me understand topics surrounding animal science to apply this knowledge to her assignments.
Dr Alison Pyatt Committee Member
Dr Alison Pyatt is an International Development Programmes Manager in the International Office of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (the executive Agency of the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responsible for the authorisation of veterinary medicines, safety, efficacy and legislation). Dr Pyatt oversees an innovative portfolio of international activities, and capacity building in Sub-Saharan Africa; aligning multi-disciplinary groups including cross-organisational activity across public, private, and educational sectors in the veterinary medicine regulatory sphere.
Alison holds a doctorate in Veterinary Services, is an experienced academic, and visiting lecturer in professional veterinary services at Harper Adams University and is a doctoral supervisor. Her research interests are founded in the principles of One Health, veterinary pharmacy, veterinary medicines, and co-production of services in the animal health and veterinary sector in the UK and internationally. She serves as a Trustee for the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust.