The Nutrition Research Group in the Animal Sciences Department of Colorado State University is a diverse program that conducts research targeting multiple species, with a focus on Bovine, Equine and Ovine species in particular.
Research topics typically are oriented on optimization of nutrient use, sustainability, mitigation of stress and nutritional adaptation for various production goals. These programs are also leveraged to provide as much hands-on experience and opportunities as possible for assisting the learning for numerous undergraduate students.
Dr. Hess is a passionate teacher who likes to see her pupils excel academically and professionally. Her research areas include investigating metabolic diseases in horses as well as the impacts of nutritional supplements on exercising horses. Recently she has been involved in a collaborative research project examining the impact of nutrition on behavior in horses. During her career research areas included electrolyte supplementation in endurance horses, supplementation of omega 3 fatty acids in idle and sport horses and the study of markers for insulin resistance in horses and ponies.
Pedro Carvalho is an Assistant Professor and Feedlot Specialist at the Animal Science Department and part of the AgNext team, and conducts applied research projects in feedlot systems and methods to enhance sustainability and beef production from beef breed cattle and dairy bull calves, i.e., antimicrobial alternatives in feedlot diets, beef on dairy crosses, and different dietary and technology programs.