Welcome New Graduate Students

Welcome to our new graduate students that started with us this week for the spring semester! We’re excited to have you here.

Anna Clarke (M.S.) advised by Dr. Lee Johnston and Dr. Jerry Shurson

Anna, originally from Huntington Beach, California, moved to the Midwest to complete an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. She received a bachelor of science in Animal Science in the spring of 2015. During her time at Iowa State she was involved in work being done in a swine nutrition physiology lab. After graduation she accepted a job with BioMatrix International, a small animal feed additive company focused on natural alternatives to antibiotics. Research interests include feed additives in nursery pigs and how they will affect overall performance and gut health, and additives for sows to improve their health and litters. When not in school or at work Anna enjoys playing soccer, watching sports, and playing fetch with her new puppy.

Julia Holen (M.S.) advised by Dr. Lee Johnston

Julia grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on a small hobby farm raising beef cattle, swine, and egg production chickens. She was very involved in the Minnesota 4-H program growing up, and very quickly became interested in pursuing a career working with livestock. After spending her freshman year at Iowa State University, she decided to transfer to the University of Minnesota to complete her undergraduate degree. Julia graduated last fall (2016) with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Agronomy.

During her time as an undergraduate, Julia participated in two summer internship programs at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and another with JBS United in Indiana specific to research in swine nutrition. Her experiences through these internships ultimately sparked her interest moving forward to pursue an M.S. in Swine Nutrition.

In her free time, Julia enjoys traveling, reading, attending sporting events, and working with livestock.

Jordan Juckel (M.S.) advised by Dr. Ryan Cox

Jordan completed her undergraduate Animal Science degree at the University of Minnesota this past December after only 2 1/2 short years. She decided that she wanted to continue my education here at the University of Minnesota, so here she is! She is currently a Master’s Student with Dr. Ryan Cox studying Animal Science with a focus on Meat Science.  She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in this industry!



Mateus Peiter (M.S.) advised by Dr. Marcia Endres

Mateus Peiter is a veterinarian that graduated in December of 2016 at the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil. He has majored in dairy since his first year in college, and now he is going to focus on dairy calves’ welfare and behavior during graduate school along with Dr. Marcia Endres.