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Professor and Chair, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville

Geoffrey E. Dahl is Professor and Chair in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He grew up on a dairy farm in Massachusetts and received his B.S. in Animal Science (with a minor in Food & Resource Economics) from the University of Massachusetts in 1985. Geoff completed his M.S. in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech in 1987, and earned his Ph.D. in Animal Science from Michigan State University in 1991. He then spent 3 years as a Post-doctoral fellow in the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan, before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in 1994. At Maryland, he served as Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Animal & Avian Sciences. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Dahl served as Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2000-2006).

As Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, Dr. Dahl serves as liaison between the livestock industries, university and allied industries. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Dahl conducts applied and basic research with direct impact on dairy production. Specific research interests include effects of photoperiod manipulation on production and health, the impact of frequent milking in early lactation on milk production, and heat stress abatement during the dry period on cow productivity and health. Dr. Dahl has authored over 75 peer-reviewed papers and numerous symposium and popular press articles. He has received the Agway, Inc. Young Scientist Award (1999), the Merial Dairy Management Research Award (2004), and the Pfizer Animal Health Physiology Award from ADSA (2008). He has also been honored with the Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching from the University of Illinois in 2006. Dr. Dahl is a member of several other professional and honorary societies including the American Society of Animal Science and the Endocrine Society.