Meet Our Faculty: Kristan Reed

Kristan Reed

Kristan Reed, assistant professor, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance Partners Sesquicentennial Fellow in Dairy Cattle Biology, Department of Animal Science

Academic focus: I use models to understand dairy cow nutrition and nutrient cycling on the whole farm. My primary focus is on protein nutrition and whole farm nitrogen cycling with the aim of improving feeding efficiency and reducing the amount of nitrogen compounds that are lost to the environment from dairy production.

Previous positions: Postdoctoral scholar, USDA-ARS U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison, WI. 2016-18; Peace Corps Volunteer, Lesotho, 2008-10

Academic background: B.S., animal science, Cornell University, 2007; Ph.D. animal biology, University of California, Davis, 2016.

Last books read: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins; The Science of Yoga by William J Broad.

What do you do when not working? Practice yoga, play with my dog, cook, garden and hike

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Usually my dog gets me out of bed but the idea that we can leave the world a better place than we found it is what inspires me to go to work. 

Current research projects? I am developing the Ruminant Farm Systems model that simulates N, P, and C cycling on the dairy farm to assess how nutrient cycles, production efficiencies, and resource uses are affected by current and future environmental and management conditions.

What are three adjectives people might use to describe you? Warm, calm, intelligent

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching? I won’t be teaching academic classes but I am looking forward to starting online courses in dairy nutrition and farm nutrient management.

If you had unlimited grant funding, what major problem in your field would you want to solve? With unlimited funding, I would like to develop better methods for meeting ruminant amino acid requirements.

What most excites you about Cornell CALS? I am so excited to work with all the amazing human and physical resources at Cornell.

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