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Dr Stephanie Smith

Animal Genetics Researcher
Integrated Animal Sciences
Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Research interests 

Hello! I am postdoc in the Integrative Animal Science team. Over the last few years I have been working on the genetics behind the fatty acid profile of cow’s milk, as determined using mid-infrared spectroscopy. My research has also looked at the energy profiles of Holstein cows across lactation (whether they gain or loss too much weight), the amount of methane they produce (an important contributor to greenhouse gases) and aspects of their immune and blood metabolite profiles. My background is in population genetics, molecular ecology and evolutionary biology. I am particularly interested in the application of genetic approaches to tackle issues in conservation biology and sustainable living. I also try and participate in science communication events when I can as I think it is very important to communicate research to the public and wider audiences and share the exciting aspects of science.

Selected research projects

  • Monitoring and improving efficiency of healthy dairy products, farms and supply chains
    Funded by Innovate UK.
  • Student-Run Invited Scientist Competition
    Funded by SFC money
  • Developing a bovine ketosis risk indicator using spectral analysis and animal phenotype data
    Funded by AgriTech.


Helped take a lecture on ‘Breeding for Welfare’ as part of an SRUC undergraduate course 

Selected publications

  • Smith et al. 2015. Genetic parameters for enteric methane from dairy cows measured using Laser Methane Detector. Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science
  • Smith et al. 2015. The genetic parameters and heritability of fatty acids in UK natioanl herds predicted using MIR. Conference Proceedings: Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment.
  • Smith et al. 2014. Predicted energy balance for dairy cows based on national herd data. Conference Proceedings: British Society of Animal Science 
  • Smith et al. 2014. Phenotypic and genetic analysis of milk fatty acids in UK Holstein-Friesian cows. Conference Proceedings: American Society of Animal Science.
  • Smith et al. 2014. A survey of the hybridisation status of Cervus deer species on the island of Ireland. Conserv. Genet.

Dr Stephanie Smith

Animal Genetics Researcher

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9308