M.Sc. by Thesis
I began my undergraduate degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph in 2013, and quickly realized my passion for animal agriculture. During my fourth year, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Katrina Merkies, researching the effects of environmental enrichment on salt consumption in horses. I decided to pursue my passion for animal nutrition and began my Masters of Science in the Fall of 2017.
I'm currently a Masters by thesis candidate under the supervision of Dr. Ira Mandell. My research focuses on the nutrition of beef cattle post-weaning. Specifically, I'm looking at the effects of including rumen bypass methionine in diets of varying nutrient composition, based on the requirements outlined by the National Research Council. Methionine is one of the first limiting amino acids in several beef cattle diets. Providing methionine in a form that bypasses the rumen allows methionine to be available for absorption in the small intestine. This is thought to have an effect on feed efficiency and cattle growth. Exploring methods which may improve feed efficiency and growth have several practical and financial applications for producers in the beef cattle industry.
Outside of academics, I enjoy being involved in the Guelph community. I have worked as a member of Residence Life Staff since 2015, and was also involved with Admissions Services, Interhall Council, and the Animal Biology Student Association. I'm currently on the Animal Biosciences Graduate Student Council, and in my spare time I enjoy volunteering with a local animal clinic and the University of Guelph's Foal Watch Team. After completing my Masters, I hope to continue exploring research opportunities in animal nutrition with potential links to animal health and behaviour.