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Animal Science Graduate Students

UW Animal Science graduate student, Codi Jo Broten

Codi Jo Broten

Codi Jo Broten is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Bledar Bisha in the Animal Science Department. Codi Jo is investigating paper-based microfluidic devices for detection of bacterial foodborne pathogens. After she finishes her program at UW, it is her hope to find a career in research with the industry or with the government. Codi Jo is from Montesano, WA. Office: AS/MB Rm. 403 | Email: cbroten@uwyo.edu


Shanan Davey, a graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department

Shanan Davey

Shanan Davey is a Masters student working with Dr. Scott Lake in the Animal Science Department. Shanan is studying high altitude disease in cattle, specifically at the genetic level. Shanan plans to use this in further genetic research, and would like to continue working with producers on improving their cattle herds. Shanan is from Olathe, Colorado. Office: AS/MB Rm. 401 | sdavey1@uwyo.edu.


Gwen Hummel

Gwen Hummel

Gwen Hummel is a Masters student working with Dr. Hannah Hollinger. Gwen's research is focused on improving growth, health, and reproductive success throughout life by identifying pathways in the placental microbiome that influence the colonization of the fetal microbiome in utero. After she earns a Masters degree, Gwen will pursue a PhD and a career in academia. Gwen is from Windsor, CO. Office: AS/MB 401 | Email: ghummel@uwyo.edu


Harneel Kaur, a graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department

Harneel Kaur

Harneel Kaur is a Masters student advised by Dr. Bledar Bisha. She is working on understanding the contribution of different microbial sources to surface water for informed management of waterborne pathogens in Wyoming. Harneel wants to pursue a Ph.D. and career in the field of research in food microbiology and safety. Harneel is from Punjab, India. Office: AS/MB Rm. 401 | Email: hkaur@uwyo.edu.


Ryan Knuth

Ryan Knuth

Ryan Knuth is a Ph.D. student under the direction of Drs. Hannah Hollinger and Bledar Bisha. In his doctoral program, he is investigating microbial communities in the ewe, lamb, and environment and any relationships with health and performance of both lambs and ewes. Once he completes his program, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in academia to best the American sheep industry and continue his interests in research, teaching, and outreach. Ryan is from Loganville, WI. Office: AS/MB Rm. 403 | Email: rknuth@uwyo.edu


Alexys McGuire, graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department

Alexys McGuire

Alexys McGuire is a Masters student advised by Dr. Bledar Bisha. She is currently working on a project surrounding the analysis of wastewater for COVID-19. Alexys hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in genetics and head her own lab, where she can study gene therapy. Alexis is from Akron, CO. Office: Lab 130 | Email: amcguir9@uwyo.edu.


Zach Pieper who is a Master's student in the Animal Science department at the University of Wyoming

Zachariah Pieper

Office: AS/MB Rm. 401 | Email: zpieper@uwyo.edu


Averi Reynolds-Hales

Avery Reynolds-Hales

Averi Reynolds-Hales is a graduate student working on a Master's degree under the guidance of Dr. Steve Paisley and Dr. Justin Derner. In her graduate research, she is working to understand the effects of grazing management, genetic background and originating environment on changes or differences in the rumen microbiome of yearling steers on the Central Plains Experimental Range. After finishing her program, Averi plans to remain in the agricultural industry to continue learning and sharing about grazing management and ruminant nutrition. Averi is from Casper, WY. | Email: areyno15@uwyo.edu.


Clara Ritchie

Clara Ritchie

Clara Ritchie is a Masters student working with Dr. Cody Gifford. She is investigating meat tenderness and palatability in beef, lamb and pork. After graduating, she plans to secure a research and development position before building her own meat processing facility. Clara is from Arvada, CO. Office: AS/MB Rm. 401 | Email: critchie@uwyo.edu


Lauren Shortnacy

Lauren Shortnacy

Lauren Shortnacy is a Masters student working under the guidance of Dr. Steve Paisley (Department of Animal Science) and Dr. Carrie Eberle (Department of Plant Science). With a focus in ruminant nutrition and plant sciences, she is investigating the tropical legume, Crotalaria juncea, and evaluating its potential to serve as a high quality, high yielding alternative to alfalfa in Wyoming crop and livestock production systems. After finishing her degree program, Lauren hopes to pursue a career in the animal nutrition industry or in extension while operating a small scale beef production operation of her own at home. Lauren is from Gadsden, Alabama. | Email: lshortna@uwyo.edu.


Madison Shults, a graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department.

Madison Shults

Madison Shults is a Masters student under the advisement of Dr. Hannah Hollinger. She is working to further study on the ruminant microbiome and its implications on reproduction in beef cattle. Madison intends to be a reproductive physiologist focused on the advancement of applied reproductive technologies. Madison is from Meeker, CO. | Email: mshults1@uwyo.edu.


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