2017 SWNC Speaker Title:
“How Heat Stress During the Dry Period Reduces Milk Yield in the Next Lactation”
Dr. Collier received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University in 1969 and 1973 and his Ph.D. in Dairy Science from the University of Illinois in 1976. After Post-Doctoral studies at Michigan State University, Dr. Collier joined the Dairy Science Department at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1981. In July, 1985, Dr. Collier joined the Monsanto Company first as a Science Fellow then Dairy Research Director and Senior Fellow. He oversaw worldwide regulatory studies on bovine somatotropin for the Dairy Industry. From 1987-1999, Dr. Collier was also an Adjunct Professor of the Animal Science Department at the University of Missouri. In September of 1999, Dr. Collier joined the faculty of the Animal Sciences Department, University of Arizona as Professor of Environmental Physiology. From July 1, 2001 to December 31, 2005 he was Head of the Animal Sciences Department. He is presently Director of the Agricultural Research Complex and Professor of Environmental Physiology in the Animal Sciences Department. In 2009 he co-founded Amelgo a research company focused on bringing new technologies to the dairy industry. He is currently Managing Partner and Director of Development of Amelgo which is located in Covington, Kentucky. Dr. Collier is author or coauthor of 200 peer reviewed journal articles, chapters and reviews, 165 abstracts, 55 popular articles and 9 U.S. Patents. His areas of expertise include environmental and lactation physiology, endocrinology and molecular biology.