Dorian Garrick

Jay Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics

Iowa State University

Dorian Garrick was appointed to the Jay Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics at Iowa State University in August 2007, following five years at Colorado State University and 15 years at Massey University in New Zealand, where he has held the A.L. Rae Chair since 1994. He received a First Class Honors degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Dr. Garrick has been integrally involved in the development and implementation of national animal evaluation programs, performance recording databases and breeding schemes. He has worked in the design of experiments to detect major genes and to exploit them in breeding programs. His recent work has focused on theoretical and applied aspects of using genomic information to predict performance. Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics. He has worked with a variety of genetic improvement programs, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, dual-purpose sheep, fine-wooled sheep, pigs, elk, salmon and tree breeding.

Dr. Garrick also works with other researchers and equally enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their farm or ranch business goals. He also serves as a Director of the US National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium which focuses on the development and application of methods using genomic information to predict genetic merit in beef cattle.