Michelle Rhoads

  • Michelle Rhoads

2017 SWNC Title:

“Heat Stress Near the Time of Conception Affects Daughter Milk Production and Composition”


Michelle (Shelly) Rhoads is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech.  She was born and raised on a family dairy farm in mid-Missouri.  After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri, Shelly went on to complete an M.S. degree from Cornell University and then returned to the University of Missouri for her Ph.D.  Before coming to Virginia Tech, Shelly served as a USDA-funded post-doc and then Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.  Research projects currently being conducted in her laboratory investigate the reproductive consequences of environmental and/or nutritional challenges experienced by growing or lactating females.  The primary aim of her research is to elucidate factors involved in the regulation of fertility in farm species, with the overarching objective being the development of management programs that optimize reproductive capacity.