Personnel Changes in the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University

Maurice Eastridge, Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

Zerby Dr. Henry Zerby became the new Chair of Animal Sciences in May. Dr. Zerby joined the faculty in December 1999 and was promoted to Professor in 2011. He received the PhD and MS degrees in meat science from Colorado State University and a BS from Penn State University. He has received many recognitions for his meat science program and teaching accomplishments. His contact information is: 110B Animal Science Building, 2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43120,, 614-292-6401.

Pairis-GarciaDr. Monique Pairis-Garcia arrived on the faculty in August in the position of animal welfare and behavior. She received her PhD and DVM from Iowa State University and a BS degree from Grinnell College in IA. Her position is a 65% Extension and 35% appointment. Her instructional role will include teaching the course on “Animal Welfare and Behavior in Livestock Industries”. Her contact information is: 222E Animal Science Building, 2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43120,, 614-688-1968.

  • Dr. Kristy Daniels left in July to join the Department of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech.
  • Reagan Bluel, Waterman Dairy Farm manager, departed in June to become a regional dairy Extension specialist in southeast, MO. John Lemmermen was promoted to the position of manager of the unit, and Rebecca (Bekah) Meller, an OSU BS graduate and current MS student, has been hired as the assistant manager.

With several retirements in recent years, the Department has positioned for hiring some additional faculty. We will be interviewing three candidates for a nutrient management position in September. We are presently advertising four available positions relating to ruminant nutrition, non-ruminant nutrition, intestinal microbiology, and meat science. With the administrative duties for Dr. Zerby, additional assistance is needed in teaching meat science courses. Thus, the Department has been interviewing for a professional faculty track position, a non-tenure track position to help with the immediate teaching needs.