PhD, Animal Biology, UC Davis
Ashley Niesen believes the future of agriculture depends on innovators tackling the challenges that others fail to see, and has spent her UC Davis research identifying novel solutions to improve cow production and survivability using less resources for better environmental and economic outcomes. Though limited investment in novel technologies has been made in the sector, Niesen’s work has the potential to transform the dairy industry. She has collaborated with investment and industry partners to move her research out of the lab and into the market upon completion of her PhD.
Working with Dr. Heidi Rossow, UC Davis Professor of Ruminant Nutrition, the hypothesis of Niesen’s research centers on mitochondrial function as an indicator of cow production and longevity in the dairy herd. During her PhD, the results have been presented at meetings of the American Dairy Science Association, California Animal Nutrition Conferences, and the American Registry for Professional Animal Scientists Continuing Education Conference for four consecutive years. As a result, Neisen has won five scholarships and two poster presentation awards for her work.