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February 10, 2020

Jeremy Marchant-Forde to present Anatomy and Physiology Seminar

Submitted by Gail Eyestone

Jeremy Marchant-Forde, a research animal scientist with USDA Agricultural Research Service, will present "Dietary Modification of Behavior and Gut Microbiome in Swine" as part of the Anatomy and Physiology Seminar series. His presentation will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Mara Conference Center, 407 Trotter Hall.

Marchant-Forde is based in West Lafayette, Indiana, at the Livestock Behavior Research Unit. He has researched welfare and behavior of pigs and dairy cattle since 1990, starting with his doctorate on gestating sow welfare at the University of Cambridge. He has worked mainly in the United Kingdom for 11 years, and the United States for 18 years, with research stays in Denmark and Canada. His major research interests include environmental enrichment, social and maternal behavior of sows, the manipulation of pig behavior by diet and factors influencing piglet mortality. He also has a major interest in the development of novel indicators of animal welfare including heart rate variability and tear staining, and actively engages in interdisciplinary studies allied to the concept of One Health, collaborating with kinesiology and pharmacology researchers.

Marchant-Forde is the author/editor of four books and more than 230 refereed articles and abstracts on farm animal welfare and his research has attracted $9.5 million of grant funding. He is specialty section editor for Frontiers in Veterinary Science and is a past president of the International Society for Applied Ethology.