Jordan Thomas

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Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Division of Animal Sciences

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

The Thomas lab's mission is to improve the profitability and sustainability of beef cattle farms and ranches in the state of Missouri and across the United States. Reproductive performance is one of the critical drivers of profitability and sustainability, and failure to attain pregnancy early in the breeding season represents some of the largest losses in potential efficiency in the U.S. cow herd. Reproductive technologies and management practices provide an opportunity to mitigate this loss and facilitate long-term, systems-level improvements across the industry. Our ongoing applied research efforts are aimed at improving success rates with these technologies and characterizing the impact on reproductive performance and genetic improvement.

Jordan Thomas is an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Thomas is a Missouri native and University of Missouri alumnus, having earned his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences with an emphasis in Reproductive Physiology in 2017. Dr. Thomas maintains an active applied research program in reproductive management of beef cattle, coordinating the breeding program for cattle across the University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Research Center herds. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is active in collaborative efforts in education and outreach, such as the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program, the National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics (NCARG), and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture. The primary research focus of the Thomas lab is control of the bovine estrous cycle, specifically to facilitate use of reproductive technologies such as timed artificial insemination and embryo transfer.

Educational background

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri

Courses taught

  • AnSci 4384: Reproductive Management
  • AnSci 4975: Beef Production and Management