Dr. Milton G. Thomas joined Colorado State University in December of 2011 as Professor and John E. Rouse Chair of Beef Cattle Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Animal Sciences. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Animal Reproduction Biotechnology Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Milt grew-up in a family involved in diversified agriculture in Texas and Missouri and was very active in FFA leadership and public speaking activities. He completed undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral studies in animal science and molecular biology at the University of Missouri (B.S. 1988 and M.S. 1990), Texas A&M University (Ph.D. 1994), and the University of Texas Institute of Biotechnology – Center for Molecular Medicine (1994-1996). Dr. Thomas progressed through the faculty ranks in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University from 1997 through 2011. In addition to undergraduate and graduate teaching, his responsibilities included coordinating the Angus, Brangus, Brahman cattle breeding program on the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center and the Corona Range and Livestock Research Center. Milt helped use these experiment station resources to grow the breeding program into the realm of animal genomics. This process was aided by sabbaticals at University of California, Davis and CSIRO-Australia and service to the Breed Improvement Committee of International Brangus Breeders Association.
Milt has published ~306 professional articles as abstracts, experiment station reports, WSASAS proceedings, etc. Fifty-five of these documents are in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Thomas has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Animal Science, Domestic Animal Endocrinology, and Frontiers in Livestock Genomics and accrued $1,529,907 in extramural funding. He also helped support the New Mexico State University cattle breeding programs by marketing $1,149,000 of breeding bulls. Through these teaching, research, and service endeavors, Dr. Thomas trained 5 Ph.D. students, 9 M.S. students, and mentored more than 20 undergraduates interested in research.
Dr. Thomas received the Distinguished Research Award for the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University in 2004 and then served as the Gerald Thomas Chair in Food Production and Natural Resources, 2010 to 2011. This one-year position internationalized collaborative study of genomics and heifer fertility. Milt is a 2011 graduate of the Lead21 program and served as Director At-Large and Recording Secretary of ASAS from 2008 to 2010. These leadership activities helped prepare Dr. Thomas for the challenge of leading team-based genomics research with the Colorado State University Beef Improvement Center (i.e., Rouse Ranch) in Wyoming.
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