Dr. Thomas Overton

  • Dr. Thomas Overton

2019 SWNC Speaker


Thomas R. Overton, Ph.D., is Professor of Dairy Management in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University.  Tom is recognized nationally and internationally for his research and extension efforts relating to metabolism, immune function, and nutritional physiology of the transition cow and his work on milk component production in cows.  He serves as Director of the PRO-DAIRY program at Cornell, and as Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension works with statewide and regional extension teams within New York to enhance the dairy and agricultural industries in New York State.  He teaches the applied dairy cattle nutrition course for undergraduates and co-teaches a course in dairy nutrition for veterinary students.


Tom is a native of northern New York who grew up primarily in Massachusetts. He has a B.S. degree from Cornell University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.  He returned to Cornell as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and to Professor in 2013.  He has authored or coauthored more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications and numerous technical articles for conference proceedings, extension publications, and popular press articles.  He was awarded the Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Award by the American Dairy Science Association in 2006 and the ADSA Foundation Scholar Award in 2007.  In 2013, he was named a Faculty Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University.