Santiago Utsumi, Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2008

Santiago Utsumi

Assistant Professor of Animal Science - Lead Researcher at the Pasture Dairy Center of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

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Dr. Santiago Utsumi  was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Animal Science with Michigan State University in 2009 to fully integrate a research, extension and education program on pasture-based dairy farming. Since then, Santiago is research leader of the Pasture Dairy Research Center of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, a Robotic Milking and Grazing-based dairy project committed to the perpetuation of a competitive Michigan dairy industry rooted on sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship. Dr. Santiago Utsumi  is particularly interested in the integration of short- and long-term field studies involving pastureland, animals and forage crops to investigate the productivity and efficiency of whole farms and interactions with ecosystem processes, impacts and footprint. His research interest expands from the optimization of automatic milking systems in grazing -based dairies to forage production and utilization, dairy nutrition, feed conversion efficiency, grazing behavior of high producing dairy cows and pasture ecosystems processes and services. He supervises several undergraduate and graduate students and scholars across different disciplines, and has research collaborations with fellow researchers and institutions from the US and overseas.

Dr. Utsumi academic history includes the completion of his bachelor degree in Agriculture, he has always worked very closely with dairy and beef farmers. He obtained a MS in animal science working on the ecology and management of intensively managed dairy grazing systems while he was working at the Argentinean National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) with a research assistant position. His research work integrated mechanistic modeling and field experiments focusing on the forage intake and grass utilization by dairy cattle. Between 2005 and 2009 Santiago received various prestigious scholarship awards to complete his PhD dissertation with the New Mexico State University, where he was appointed as research specialist and postdoctoral fellow to examine plant-animal dynamics in intensively and extensively managed grazing lands.