• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

1995 …2024

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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Genetic and genomic aspects of sheep and goat production, performance, health, survival and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Development and implementation of broader breeding goals and indices for sustainable sheep production
  • Genetics of maternal traits in sheep and goats
  • Quantitative and molecular genetic solutions for disease control in small ruminants


  • BSc Animal Science
  • BSc Agriculture
  • MSc University of Edinburgh Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis
  • Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh

Other work

  • Chair of International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Expert Advisory Group (EAG) for Sheep, Goat and Small camelid meat recording guidelines (2016- ongoing).
  • President of the Sheep and Goat Commission, European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) (2014 - ongoing).
  • Animal Breeding workstream leader, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (2008 - 2018).
  • BSAS Science and Innovation Committee member (2013 – ongoing).
  • BSAS representative for EAAP (2011- 2013).

Previous employer

2019 - presentHead of Department Professor 2022+ 
2014 - 2022Reader in Applied Livestock Genetics, SRUC 
2012 - 2014Senior Livestock Geneticist, SRUC
1992 - 2012Livestock Geneticist, SAC (part time (60%) 1995 – 2000)
1990 - 1992Sheep Specialist, Meat and Livestock Commission, England.
1987 – 1989Livestock Specialist, United Nations Association International Service, Bolivia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Animal Breeding , University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Aug 1999

Master, Livestock Production Science, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Aug 1990

Bachelor, Agriculture and Food Marketing, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Aug 1984

External positions


1 Jan 20151 Jan 2020


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