Members of our lab are interested in a wide array of factors related to dairy cattle nutrition and management. Learn a bit about us here!
Isabela joined the Boerman lab in August 2023. She is originally from Brazil, where she obtained her B.S. in Biosystems Engineering from the São Paulo State University in January 2021 and her M.S. in Agribusiness and Development in May 2023. She found her passion for research and Extension during her undergraduate studies, where she participated in animal welfare projects to improve animal production. Throughout her Master’s degree, she worked with sanitary practices to improve the microbiological quality of milk from small producers. In the Boerman Lab, Isabela’s research involves improving feed consistency using video and data systems. During her free time, Isabela enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching TV series, and cooking.
Kyrstin began her MS with Dr. Boerman in August 2022. Originally from Wabash County, Indiana, she attended Purdue University for her BS in Animal Sciences and graduated in May 2022. During her time as an undergrad she found a passion for research by working as an undergraduate research assistant in a dairy lab on campus, as well as an animal care technician taking care of lab animals such as mice and rats. In the Boerman Lab, Kyrstin’s research focuses on the transition period in dairy cattle and evaluating how prepartum muscle reserves and branched-chain volatile acid supplementation impacts the cows during their transition based on health and production parameters, as well as monitoring tissue mobilization to better understand muscle mobilization implications in the cow. Outside of the lab, Kyrstin enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her cat, Pumpkin, and getting involved on campus and in the community.
Sam joined the Boerman lab in January 2023. Being born and raised in Newton County, Indiana, she was introduced to the dairy industry early in her life and was an active 4-H and FFA member. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from Purdue University in May 2022. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a student employee at the Purdue Dairy where she discovered her passion for dairy cattle. In the Boerman Lab, Sam’s research involves various aspects of dairy management such as monitoring the changes in body composition throughout lactation, using video cameras to automatically detect lameness, and integrating data from multiple sources to improve management practices. During her free time, Sam enjoys riding horses, spending time with her friends and family, and exploring outdoors.
Past Lab Members
María Montes González
María began her MS with Dr. Boerman in January 2021. She is originally from Mexico, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Agronomy in June 2020. María is interested in integrating, analyzing, and translating the data from dairy farm monitoring systems to management practices to improve the units' efficiency and animal welfare. Her project used the data from automated milk feeders to characterize biological and environmental factors' effect on feeding behavior. She applied social network analysis to feeding reports to better understand the social behavior of calves.