Robin White has been named assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

She is one of eight new faculty members recently hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

White’s research focuses on livestock and environment interface, evaluating how livestock are affected by their external environment and, in turn, how the environment is affected by livestock production. She is specifically interested in utilizing quantitative tools and large datasets to help identify nutritional management options that improve sustainability of ruminant production systems.

Previously, White worked as a USDA/AFRI Postdoctoral Fellow at Virginia Tech and as a postdoctoral scholar with the National Animal Nutrition Program. In these positions, she focused on coupling mathematical modeling and experimentation to enhance understanding of cattle nutrient requirements.

White received both her bachelor's and doctorate in animal sciences from Washington State University.

Written by Amy Loeffler

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