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Dr. Katharine Knowlton

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Livestock Nutrient Management

Dr. Katharine Knowlton
Professor of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech

Dr. Katharine Knowlton

Area of Expertise
Dr. Katharine Knowlton is a nutrient management specialist at Virginia Tech, whose research focuses on environmental issues associated with animal agriculture, including nutrient pollution of ground and surface water. She also specializes on the impact of nutrition and herd management on nutrient losses from dairy farms, ruminant phosphorus digestion and metabolism, wastewater treatment to achieve target nutrient composition of land-applied wastes and endocrine disrupting chemicals in livestock wastes. Dr. Knowlton currently teaches two undergraduate courses, Livestock and the Environment and Introduction to Dairy Science, and two graduate level courses, entitled Advanced Topics in Animal Nutrition and Advanced Ruminant Nutrition Colloquium. She currently serves as the Panel Chair for Nutrition and Forages panel of the Office of Scientific Quality Review Food Animal Production, the Assistant Coach of the Virginia Tech Judging Team and is a member of the National Dairy Shrine Board of Directors.

Academic Training

PhD 1997 University of Maryland Animal Science
MS 1993 Michigan State University Animal Science
BS 1991 Cornell University Animal Science & Agricultural Economics

Professional Experience

1997 - Present Research Scientist, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech
1993 – 1997 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland
1991 – 1993 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University

Honors and Awards
ADSA Scholar Award in Dairy Production, 2005
Epsilon Sigma Phi National Honorary Extension Fraternity State Team Award, 2001
ADSA Graduate Student Paper Competition winner, 1997



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