Geoffrey E. Dahl is the Harriet B. Weeks Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He previously served as Chair of the Department for 12 years, serving as liaison between the university, livestock producers, and allied industries in Florida. In the most recent Center for World University Rankings, the University of Florida was #9 in the world for dairy and animal science (www.cwur.org/2017/s). Geoff has been invited to serve on a number of external programmatic and grant evaluation panels in the US and abroad. He was active in development of the proposal that brought the USAID Livestock Systems Innovation Laboratory, a $49 million project, to the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, and currently serves as Director of the lab.
Dr. Dahl conducts applied and basic research with direct impact on dairy production. Specific research interests include effects of photoperiod manipulation on production and health, and heat stress abatement during the dry period on cow and calf productivity and health. Those research efforts are disseminated through his Extension programming in the US and abroad. Indeed, Dr. Dahl has been invited to present his research findings in 20 countries and Geoff has active Extension program efforts in a variety of developing countries. Dr. Dahl has authored over 160 peer-reviewed papers and numerous symposium and popular press articles. He has trained 27 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Dr. Dahl is a member of several professional and honorary societies including the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the Society for the Study of Reproduction, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Endocrine Society. He served as President of ADSA from 2018 to 2019. Geoff has received numerous awards including the Award of Honor from ADSA and is a Fellow in AAAS, ADSA, and ASAS.