- Mathematical modeling for basic and applied research in animal nutrition ranging from animal nutrient metabolism to whole-farm nutrient cycling and life-cycle analysis.
- Next-generation fermentation systems for biofuel production including methane, hydrogen or liquid fuels from plant fiber using anaerobic digestion and fermentation.
- Environmental impacts of animal production systems including effects of nutrient losses on water and air quality, and nutritional management effects on green-house gas emissions.
Develop research and extension programs aimed at improving the environmental impact of animal production systems. Identify and evaluate farm management strategies that will reduce nutrient losses from farms, and improve methods to make decisions on farms.
Conduct research to improve nutrition and diet formulation of farm animals and deliver results to extension educators and other professionals as well as directly to farmers. Assist with education of undergraduate and graduate students through advisement, committee responsibilities, and occasional lecturing.
Provide technical assistance to other state and national programs for reducing the potential for environmental damage from animal agriculture.