Livestock Scientist; Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences - North Wyke; Soil to Nutrition (ISP) Leader

Sustainable Agriculture Sciences


Michael is a ruminant nutritionist, Head of Sustainable Agricultural Sciences at North Wyke, and Leader of the Institute Strategic Programme, Soil To Nutrition. He graduated with first class honours in Animal Science from University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 and gained a PhD in ruminant nutrition from the University of Aberdeen in 2001; he was awarded a postgraduate certificate for teaching in higher education from Aberystwyth University in 2012. He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008, before the merger with Aberystwyth University where he stayed as a principal scientist and senior lecturer in animal nutrition and rumen biochemistry. He moved to the University of Bristol in 2013 as a reader in sustainable livestock systems. In 2015, he took up a joint appointment between Rothamsted Research and the University of Bristol as head of site at North Wyke, and was also promoted to Chair in Sustainable Livestock Systems. He has published more than 190 research articles and papers. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to animal science. In 2016, he was elected Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission.




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      North Wyke, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB


        Strategic programme

        • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

        Science project

        • DryGroAF (DAF)

        PhD project

        • Life Cycle Assessment of Lowland Beef
        • Cycling of microbes in a farm Environment
        • Life Cycle Assessment of Lowland Lamb
        • Soil and Crop Enhancers impact on Silage Quality
        • Bovine Respiratory Disease


        • 2012 - Post Graduate Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education, University of Aberystwyth, UK
        • 2001 - PhD in Ruminant Nutrition, Aberdeen University, UK
        • 1997 - Bachelor (Hons) of Animal Science, University of Wales (Aberystwyth), UK


        • 2015 - Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize for Services to Animal Science
        • 2013 - Present - External Examiner at the Royal Veterinary College
        • 2011 - 2015 Presidents of the British Society of Animal Science
        • 2015 - Vice President European Federation of Animal Science - Livestock Farming Systems Commission