Dr. Adam F Summers Receives the WSASAS Young Scientist Award from the American Society of Animal Science
June 13, 2019 – Dr. Adam Summers is the recipient of the 2019 WSASAS Young Scientist Award, presented to him this week during the 2019 Western Section Meeting held in Boise, Idaho.
Dr. Adam Summers completed his BS at Utah State University in 2007 and continued on for his M.S. under the direction of Dr. Wiedmeier in Ruminant Nutrition (2009). He then moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to pursue his doctorate in Reproductive Physiology with Drs. Rick Funston and Andrea Cupp which he completed in 2012. After completing his PhD, he continued working with Dr. Cupp as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. In July of 2014, Dr. Summers was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University. His laboratory focuses on improving reproductive success and female longevity in beef cattle. One of his major areas of emphasis is how specific nutrients fed during pregnancy can influence subsequent progeny. The second area of research deals with management of heifers on native rangelands during the development phase. He also devotes his research time to the needs of the constituents in the state of New Mexico. He conducts research to provide direct answers for producers regarding reproductive management for sheep, goats, and cattle. Dr. Summers has mentored 6 graduate students (5 M.S., 1 Ph.D.) and has served on 10 graduate committees. He currently serves as a member of the Beef Reproduction Task Force and has been recognized by his colleagues as a leader in his field through several invited talks both at the local and national level. Dr. Summers has published 22 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 41 abstracts, 18 proceedings and a book chapter. Dr. Summers and his wife Eden live in Las Cruces, NM where they are raising 5 wonderful children.
The WSASAS Young Scientist Award recognizes an individual who is young and already produced outstanding research achievement. This person is under 40 years of age and is actively engaged in basic or applied research in animal agriculture.