Ron Lewis

Photo Ron LewisProfessor, Animal Breeding and Genomics

A218i Animal Science
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908
Phone: (402) 472-6378
Fax: (402) 472-6362
Email: rlewis5@unl.edu

Mini CV

Education and Training
  • University of California Davis, CA Animal Science B.S., 1981
  • Texas A&M University College Station, TX Animal Breeding M.S., 1986
  • Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA Animal Science Ph.D., 1990

Research and Professional Experience
Year(s)
Title
1990 – 1992
Geneticist, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Great Southern Agricultural Research Institute, Katanning, Western Australia, Australia.
1992 – 1998
Animal Breeding Specialist, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
1998 – 2001
Leader, Sheep Breeding Section, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
2001 – 2004
Associate Professor (pre-tenure), Animal Genetics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
2004 – 2011
Associate Professor (tenured), Animal Genetics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
2011 – 2014
Professor, Animal Genetics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
2014 – Present
Professor, Animal Breeding and Genomics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.

Synergistic Activities
Professional Memberships
American Society of Animal Science.
British Society of Animal Science.
Poultry Science Association.

Professional Service
  • American Society of Animal Science, Breeding and Genetics Joint Program, Committee Member, 2010 – 2012.
  • Poultry Science, Genetics Section, Associate Editor, 2010 – 2013.
  • World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production 2014, Vancouver, Canada, Scientific Committee Member, 2011 – 2014.
  • World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Permanent International Committee Member, 2014 – Present.

Professional Honors
  • Alpha Zeta; Gamma Beta Phi Society; Gamma Sigma Delta; Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Xi. Visiting Research Fellowship, Scottish Agricultural College (now SRUC), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2002 – Present.
  • XCaliber Award for Excellence, Interdisciplinary Team Making Outstanding Contributions to Technology-enriched Learning Activities, Center for Innovation in Teaching, Virginia Tech, 2013.

Teaching Experience
  • Director national graduate-level distance-delivered program Quantitative Genetics and Genomics in the Animal Sciences (http://www.agidea.org/programs/gen/)
  • Developed and support web-based genetic simulation game (CyberSheep) used nationally for experiential learning in quantitative genetics.

Undergraduate Course
Animal Breeding and Genetics (face-to-face; 10 years annually).

Graduate Courses
Quantitative Genetics Applications of Matrix Algebra (distance-delivery; 10 years annually).
CyberSheep: a Genetic Simulation Game (distance-delivery; 8 years annually).
A Primer to Quantitative Genetics (distance-delivery; 8 years annually).
Selection Index Theory and Application (distance-delivery; 8 years annually).

Grants Received (since 2012: $1,564,768; career total: $15,453,452)

Current
Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2016, one-year duration (January 2016 – December 2016). Engaging the New Biology: establishing the foundation for genome-enhanced breeding values in the U.S. sheep industry. Source: American Sheep Industry Association Let's Grow Program. Amount: $19,286.

Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2015, four-year duration (October 2015 – September 2019). W2012: Enhancing management, production, and sustainability of grazing ruminants in extensive landscapes. Source: IANR-ARD Supplemental Hatch-Multistate Funding Program. Amount: $40,000.

Completed
Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2014, two-year duration (March 2014 – November 2015). Enhancing the efficacy of the Norwegian sheep and goat breeding system. Source: Norwegian Association of Sheep and Goat Breeders. Amount: $66,128.

Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2013, one-year duration (January 2013 – August 2015). Engaging the New Biology: integrating quantitative genetics and genomics in animal breeding graduate learning. Source: Virginia Tech (via USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant).  Amount: $88,260.

Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2013, one-year duration (April 2013 – May 2014). Enhancing the efficacy of the Norwegian sheep and goat breeding system. Source: Norwegian Association of Sheep and Goat Breeders. Amount: $54,131.

Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2012, one-year duration (July 2012 – September 2013). Genomic evaluation of sheep and beef cattle. Source: USDA-ARS. Amount: $38,200.

Lewis, R. M. (Project Director). 2011, one-year duration (May 2011 – April 2012). Constraining inbreeding in Norwegian sheep populations. Source: Norwegian Association of Sheep and Goat Breeders. Amount: $23,825.

Lewis, R. M. (Project Director), B. B. Lockee, R. M. Enns, D. H. Crews, K. J. Enns, J. C. M. Dekkers, C. A. Gould, D. Boggs, C. Maltecca, J. P. Cassady, and M. Spangler. 2011, threeyear duration (September 2011 – August 2014). Engaging the New Biology: integrating quantitative genetics and genomics in animal breeding graduate learning. Source: USDANIFA Higher Education Challenge Grant. Amount: $700,141.

Lewis, R. M.†, W. S. Swecker, Jr.†, B. F. Tracy, and A. O. Abaye (†Project Co-director). 2011, one-year duration (June 2011 – May 2012). Economic pasture-based beef systems for Appalachia (year four). Source: USDA-ARS contract. Amount: $534,797.

Referred Journal Publications (since 2012: 14; career total: 66)
In the following list of publications, an '*' indicates that the publication was a collaboration with a current or former undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral student. Albrecht, H. N.*, P. B. Siegel, F. W. Pierson, and R. M. Lewis. 2012. Egg quality traits differ in
hens selected for high as compared to low antibody response to sheep red blood cells. Poult. Sci. 91:3025–3031.

Albrecht, H. N.*, P. B. Siegel, F. W. Pierson, M. L. McGilliard, and R. M. Lewis. 2012. Reproductive soundness is higher in chickens selected for low as compared to high antibody response. Poult. Sci. 91:1796–1803.

Blevins, S.*, P. B. Siegel, D. J. Blodgett, M. Ehrich, and R. M. Lewis. 2012. Liver enzymes in White Leghorns selected for the SRBC immune response. Poult. Sci. 91:322–326.

Márquez, G. C.*, W. Haresign, M. H. Davies, G. C. Emmans, R. Roehe, L. Bünger, G. Simm, and R. M. Lewis. 2012. Index selection in terminal sires improves early lamb growth. J. Anim. Sci. 90:142–151.

Cole, J. B., R. M. Lewis, C. Maltecca, S. Newman, K. M. Olson, and R. G. Tait, Jr. 2013. BREEDING AND GENETICS SYMPOSIUM: Systems biology in animal breeding: Identifying relationships among markers, genes, and phenotypes. J. Anim. Sci. 91:521-522.

Duckett, S. K., J. P. S. Neel, R. M. Lewis, J. P. Fontenot, and W. M. Clapham. 2013. Effects of forage species or concentrate finishing on animal performance, carcass and meat quality. J. Anim. Sci. 91:1454-1467.

Márquez, G. C.*, W. Haresign, M. H. Davies, D. R. Notter, R. Roehe, L. Bünger, G. Simm, and R. M. Lewis. 2013. Genetic evaluation of days to harvest in crossbred lambs. J. Anim. Sci. 91:5153-5160.

Márquez, G. C.*, W. Haresign, M. H. Davies, R. Roehe, L. Bünger, G. Simm, and R. M. Lewis. 2013. Index selection in terminal sires improves lamb performance at finishing. J. Anim. Sci. 91:38-43.

Duckett, S. K., C. Fernandez Rosso, G. Volpi Lagreca, M. C. Miller, J. P. S. Neel, R. M. Lewis, W. S. Swecker, and J. P. Fontenot. 2014. Effect of frame size and time-on-pasture on steer performance, longissimus muscle fatty acid composition and tenderness in a foragefinishing system. J. Anim. Sci. 92:4767-4774.

Emenheiser, J. C.*, R. G. Tait, Jr., S. D. Shackelford, L. A. Kuehn, T. L. Wheeler, D. R. Notter, and R. M. Lewis. 2014. Use of ultrasound scanning and BCS to evaluate composition traits in mature beef cows. J. Anim. Sci. 92:3868-3877.

Eikje, L. S., and R. M. Lewis. 2015. Strong connectedness within Norwegian Cheviot and Fur Sheep ram circles allows reliable estimation of breeding values. J. Anim. Sci. 93:3322-3330.

Márquez, G. C.*, W. Haresign, M. H. Davies, R. Roehe, L. Bünger, G. Simm, and R. M. Lewis. 2015. Heterogeneous variances and genetics by environment interactions in genetic evaluation of crossbred lambs. Animal 9:380-387.

Vargas Jurado, N.*, A. E. Tanner, S. R. Blevins, H. M. McNair, R. W. Mayes, and R. M. Lewis. 2015. Long-chain alcohols did not improve predictions of the composition of fescue and red clover mixtures over n-alkanes alone. Grass Forage Sci. 70:499-506.

Vargas Jurado, N.*, A. E. Tanner, S. R. Blevins, J. Rich*, R. W. Mayes, D. Fiske, W. S. Swecker, Jr., and R. M. Lewis. 2015. Feed intake and diet selection in Angus-cross heifers of two frame sizes at two stages of growth. J. Anim. Sci. 93:1565–1572.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Animal Science Department