8 February 2021

Two new employees from Brazil to work on research and teaching about ruminants

Photo of Ricardo VieiraRicardo Augusto Mendonça Vieira

It is our pleasure to welcome Ricardo Vieira, who was hired as Professor of Ruminant Nutrition at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, in the Section for Production, Nutrition and Health, by the 1st of January, 2021. Ricardo Vieira has a background on Animal Science including ruminant nutrition, animal feed evaluation, probability, inference, calculus, and matrix algebra. His main research interests are ruminant nutrition, feeding and quantitative aspects related to the nutrient digestion and utilization by ruminants; Fiber, feed analysis, digestion kinetics, and intake, nonlinear phenomena in Animal Science with reference to ruminant productive functions, e.g., lactation, growth, and intake rate.

He has progressive understanding of modeling of the digestion and passage kinetics in the ruminant gastrointestinal tract as well as skills on designing and conducting field and laboratory experiments to assess quantitative estimates of such processes with the aim of predicting the nutritive value of feeds and animal performance in a holistic approach in the search for efficient cattle production systems. He interprets results by use of SAS/R nonlinear procedures and applies generalized linear and nonlinear models and mixed-effects models, and experimental statistics applied to Animal Science.

Ricardo Vieira will be teaching approaches to quantitative interpretations of ruminant digestion and metabolism to undergraduate students, and approaches to herd management strategies for graduate students at Master level. 

Photo of André NevesAndré Luis Alves Neves

It is our pleasure to welcome André Neves, who was hired as Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, in the Section for Production, Nutrition and Health, by the 1st of January, 2021. André did his PhD at University of Alberta in Canada.

The overall objectives of his research are to understand the dynamics (development and adaptation) of the rumen microbiota in ruminants undergoing standard nutritional practices. He also studies the factors within the microbiome and the host that affect the degradation of lignocellulosic biomass and the production of greenhouse gases in order to allow the Danish producers to remain profitable and sustainable at food production.

André will also be teaching courses related to ruminant nutrition, with emphasis on topics related to rumen microbiology. 'I understand that teaching does not end in the classroom, and I am equally committed to creating a productive and continuous relationship as a mentor with undergraduate students, graduate students, and extension at the University of Copenhagen', he says.