Experimental Animal Nutrition RIS Forum & Business Meeting

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 302


Crystal L. Levesque, PhD

Assistant Professor
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota

Crystal Levesque was born and raised on a broiler and mixed grain farm in central Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in amino acid metabolism during pregnancy followed by post-doctoral training at Prairie Swine Center (pig as a model) and University of Guelph (energy and amino acid metabolism) prior to accepting a position of Assistant Professor of monogastric nutrition at South Dakota State University. Her main research interests are protein and amino acid metabolism during pregnancy and maternal nutritional influence on offspring growth and development. She is actively involved in collaborative research on the impacts of alternative feeds and dietary additives on piglet growth, immune function, and gut health post-weaning and the use of the pig as a model for human health. Crystal is an active member of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Society of Nutrition serving on various organizing committees. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and landscaping and playing with the grandchildren. She lives with her husband in Brookings, SD.


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Timothy J. Wester, PhD

Senior Lecturer
Massey University
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Timothy Wester PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the Monogastric Research Centre in the School of Agriculture and Environment at Massy University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received his BS degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 1986. Tim then went on to be awarded an MS (1989) and PhD (1994) in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. From there, Tim was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr Doug Burrin at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. At Baylor he used the newborn pig model to examine the influence of growth hormone and diet on circulating hormones and protein synthesis in the neonate. In 1996, Tim took up a postdoctoral position in Aberdeen, Scotland working at the University of Aberdeen and the Rowett Research Institute with Dr Gerald Lobley. While there he used stable isotopes to study amino acid kinetics and protein metabolism in sheep. Tim was hired as a lecturer in 2000 at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
While at Massey, Tim has explored nutrient utilisation by animals at various levels, from effects of feed and processing, to metabolism of nutrients within the body. Species he’s worked with include chickens, crocodiles, dairy cows, and domestic cats. His work in cats uses stable isotopes to examine to the interaction between energy and protein metabolism.


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