Dr.Veerasamy Sejian is the Senior Scientist of Animal Physiology at National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore, India. Dr. Sejian is primarily involved in research pertaining to stress and climate change impact and mitigation in small ruminants. Dr. Sejian has been awarded the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award by Indian Council of Agricultural Research for his novel concepts on multiple stresses simultaneously impacting sheep production. He has published 49 peer-reviewed research articles, 38 book chapters, 62 lead/invited papers, 9 technical manuals and 60 abstracts. He is also the corresponding editor for a Springer book on “Environmental Stress and Amelioration in Livestock Production”. Dr. Sejian was also bestowed with prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship by the Australian Government for his outstanding contribution in the field of climate change impacting livestock production. He is also serving as editorial board member in 20 international peer reviewed journals.
Dr. John Gaughan is an Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia. John has 129 publications, in the areas of impacts of harsh climatic conditions on livestock, modeling the impact of climate change on animal production (beef, dairy, sheep) and ruminant nutrition. He is part of an international team which has recently developed new thermal stress indices for livestock, a heat stress risk assessment model for feedlot beef cattle and is currently developing a heat stress risk assessment model for dairy cows. He is currently focusing on the likely impact of future climatic conditions on animal production. John is also part of a team investigating greenhouse gas abatement strategies for cattle, and has on-going collaborative projects with colleagues in the USA. John is the Treasurer of the International Society of Biometeorology (ISB) and the Chair of the Animal Biometeorology Commission within ISB.
Lance Baumgard received his PhD from Cornell University and joined the University of Arizona faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2001. He joined the Iowa State University faculty in 2009 and is the Norman Jacobson Professor of Nutritional Physiology. Baumgard’s research focuses on the metabolic and endocrine consequences of heat stress in both ruminant and monogastric farm animals. Lance also studies the energetics and metabolism of the periparturient dairy cow. Lance has mentored or co-advised 23 graduate students and has been the PI or co-PI on over $6 million in research funding. Lance’s group has published 82 peer-reviewed research articles, 150 abstracts and 75 conference proceedings.
Dr. Cadaba Srinivas Prasad was the Director of National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore, India. Prior to this he was also serving as Vice Chancellor and Assistant Director General. Prasad's primary research interests have been on micronutrients augmenting production, enhancing the bioavailability of nutrients and on climate change impact on animal production. Prasad has coordinated several national and international projects like Indo-Dutch, ICAR-CSIRO, ICAR-ILRI, World Bank. Prasad's group has published more than 100 research papers in high impact journals, 100 abstracts and 70 conference proceedings. Prasad and his team have won the ICAR Team research award thrice for outstanding contribution in Animal production. Prasad has been awarded fellow of National Academy of Agriculture Science, Indian Dairy Association, Animal Nutrition Association and National Academy of Dairy Science.