PhD, Animal Biology
Matthew is driven by a desire to discover intersectional relationships between soil health, crop production and animal nutrition. Matthew’s interdisciplinary research is best put in his own words. He designed his own PhD project to determine “how feed additives (…i.e. essential oils, saponins, and tannins) in beef and dairy cattle rations can be used to modify rumen fermentation characteristics and the gut microbiome, thereby improving animal health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing nitrogen loss from manure fertilizer.”
This experience with plant secondary metabolites stems from his prior experience at Oregon State University where he explored and successfully deployed an environmentally friendly, essential-oil based pesticide in forage crops. Matthew ultimately is driven by real-world applications to science, providing him with excellent positioning to thrive in his fellowship and in taking his use-inspired research to the next level.