• Beef cattle production
  • Feedlot nutrition
  • Cow/calf nutrition
  • Ruminant nutritional physiology
  • Energy and protein metabolism
  • Pancreatic exocrine function

(email address) kswanson's picture My program of teaching and research in ruminant nutritional physiology focuses on improving the efficiency of feed utilization and reducing the environmental impact of beef cattle and ruminant production systems. Specifically, I am interested in identifying mechanisms involved in the molecular function and regulation of proteins involved in digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients, specifically as it applies to cellular growth, energy use, and nutrient utilization in the gastrointestinal tract and whole animal. Additional research is focused on applied feeding and supplementation strategies to improve feed efficiency or decrease feed costs in growing calf and mature cow nutrition programs.

Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal & Poultry Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph (past)
2003 - 2009

Associate Professor, Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph (past)
2009 - 2010

Nutrition Research, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) - Northern Plains Area, Research Education and Economics, United States Department of Agriculture (past)
2001 - 2003

Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, North Dakota State University

Molecular Biology, Agriculture, Animal Science
PhD, University of Kentucky, Ruminant Nutritional Physiology, 2000
MS, North Dakota State University, Nutritional Physiology, 1996
BS, North Dakota State University, Animal and Range Science, 1994
agriculture and food sciences animal husbandry animal nutrition animal physiology or morphology animal growth nutrition or dietetics