Beef Production Specialist Mozart Fonseca joins CABNR Vet Science team

Mozart Fonseca, assistant professor, recently joined the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences, with an appointment in beef cattle production and applied modeling. Bringing over 10 years of experience in his field, Fonseca will teach beef cattle production and management and graduate courses in applied experimental design and biometry.

His research is focused on unraveling the systematic mechanisms associated with intake and nutritional requirements in adverse environments, e.g., raising livestock in arid and semi-arid conditions. Fonseca believes that computer simulation models that rely heavily upon statistical methods may improve livestock production systems in Nevada and beyond.

Dr. Fonseca focuses on beef cattle production.

"I truly believe that in the future, we will commercialize animal products based upon their environmental footprint from the present and future perspectives, and providing this informational advantage will help benchmark all segments of the productive chain," said Fonseca.

Originally from southeastern Brazil, Dr. Fonseca grew up as a fifth-generation rancher on his family’s cattle operation. Prior to joining the CABNR team, Fonseca worked for Texas A & M University and Agri- Life Research Center in the Mathematical Nutrition Modeling Lab. His research focuses on understanding the dynamics of fermentation and biology of growth of ruminant animals.