Extension Specialist; Director, Equine Science Center
Phone: 732-932-9419, ext. 4251
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1986
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Improving the well-being and quality of life of the equine athlete while ensuring the vitality and viability of the equine industry, both statewide and nationally.
Equine Science, Leadership Development in Equine Science, Equine Physiology.
Memberships and Professional Service
Member of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) for NASULGC, 2002-present; Chair, ECOP Personel Sub-committee, 2006; Member ASAS journal review panel, endocrinology and physiology section; Member, Board of Directors, Horse Industry Alliance, 1999-2002; Chair, American Society of Animal Science Horse Program, 1998; Chair, American Horse Council State Horse Council Committee, 1996-2000; Board of Directors, Equine Nutrition & Physiology Society, 1995-01.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Rutgers University Graduate School Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007; Outstanding Equine Educator Award, 2001; Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society, 2001; Marjorie Van Ness Award, American Horse Council, 2001; Research Excellence and Impact Award, Cook College and NJAES, 2000; New York Farmers Club Award 1995; Led the industry effort which resulted in Cook College and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station receiving a grant Strategic Initiatives from the state legislature - the excellence of the equine science program was recognized with a bequest from the Doris Murphy estate.
Academic Interests and Plans
My Primary research interests lie in the physiology of horses as it specifically is related to the well-being of the performance horse. A current area of research focuses on improving the quality of life in aging horses. In the past, I have studied the effects of stress on the horse's immune system and recently completed a study investigating the effects of exercise stress on the immune response in young versus old horses.