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Professor Sokratis Stergiadis

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  • Module convenor for: Introduction to Livestock Production; Digestion and Nutrition  
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Academic Tutor to undergraduate students
  • Member of the University’s Access and Participation Committee
  • Doctoral Student Recruitment Lead for Department of Animal Sciences
  • Member of the University’s Senate

Areas of interest

I have experience as principal investigator and co-investigator in several research projects (funded by the EU, national governments, and industry) focusing on how to feed and manage ruminant animals in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, improve efficiency of feed, energy and nutrient use at animal diet and farm levels, and produce more nutritious milk, dairy products and meat.

In brief, areas of interest in my research projects include:

  • Improving the sustainability and resilience of livestock production and achievement of the net zero carbon targets
  • Developing solutions for the reduction of livestock greenhouse gas emissions
  • Prediction modelling for livestock greenhouse gas emissions and feed nutritive value
  • Developing dietary strategies to improve nutrient and energy use efficiency in ruminant production
  • Unravelling the role of rumen microbiome in ruminant metabolism and product quality
  • Improving nutritional quality (fatty acid, mineral, protein, vitamin, antioxidant, and phytoestrogen profiles) of animal products (milk, meat, eggs) via husbandry, animal diet and crossbreeding practices
  • Investigating effect of crossbreeding on productivity, efficiency, health and fertility of dairy herds and the nutritional quality of milk, in low-input and pasture-based production systems
  • Nutrition and husbandry practices to increase growth rates in dairy calves
  • Applications of metabolomics on animal and food science
  • Assessing effect of consumption of animal-derived foods and plant-based alternatives' on environmental footprint and human nutrition.

Teaching

I enjoy teaching fundamental principles of animal nutrition and livestock production to undergraduate students, to support the development of a good grounding for further studies in these areas.

I am an enthusiastic user of flipped learning pedagogic approaches to ensure a discussion-driven deeper understanding and facilitate active learning opportunities in the classroom.

At PhD level, I supervise and mentor several PhD students for the delivery of high-quality peer-reviewed research articles and the final thesis.

Research centres and groups

  • Department of Animal Sciences
  • Centre for Dairy Research
  • Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health

Academic qualifications

  • PhD. Effects of dairy management on milk quality (Newcastle University, UK, 2006-2009)
  • MSc in Animal Production (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2004-2006)
  •  BSc in Agriculture, direction of Animal Production (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 1999-2004)
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
  • Member of the Science Commission for Animal Nutrition of the European Federation of Animal Science
  • Trustee (Council member) of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS)
  • Chair in BSAS Membership Committee
  • Member of the Feed & Nutrition (Ruminant) Open Innovation group of the Centre for Innovation Excellence Livestock (CIEL)
  •  Committee member & Sector Expert (Animal Science & Technologies) of the Agrisciences Technical Group of the Society of Science, Chemistry, Innovation (SCI)
  • Mentor for Early Career Researchers in BSAS and SCI
  • Member of the Scientific Board & Chair of the Authors & Content Committee of the journal animal (Elsevier)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the journals animal (Elsevier) and The Journal of Agricultural Science (Cambridge University Press)
  • PhD external examiner in national and international academic institutions
  • External evaluator for grant applications in national and international funding bodies

Publications

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