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Dorian began his research career at Massey University after graduating from a B.Agr.Sc degree with First Class Honours. His predoctoral research investigated some of the first applications of animal model prediction methodologies developed at Iowa State and Cornell Universities to sheep and swine improvement. He obtained a Fulbright scholarship and the prestigious Andrew D. White Fellowship to undertake a PhD at Cornell University where he worked on the use of pedigree and performance information from field data for prediction of genetic merit and estimation of variance components. He returned to Massey University after 3 years at Cornell and began teaching undergraduate and graduate students while extending his research from sheep and pigs to improvement of dairy cattle, trees and other livestock species. His work led to the development of new approaches to national evaluation in dairy cattle and sheep including across-breed animal model prediction and web-accessible systems for on-demand turn key evaluations. He was appointed as a Full Professor at Massey University at age 34, to a position named after Massey University’s A.L. Rae who pioneered scientific approaches to sheep improvement. In 2002 Dorian took up a 9-month professorial position at Colorado State University and became a part-time employee at Massey University. In 2007 he took up the inaugural appointment to the Lush Endowed Chair at Iowa State University. Dr. J.L. Lush wrote the first text book on Animal Breeding in 1937 and is world-recognized as the father of animal breeding. Prof. A.L. Rae was a PhD student at Iowa State University and studied under Dr. Lush.
Dorian’s research interests are broadly involved in the genetic improvement of populations through selection. Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics. In recent years, his activities have focused on the use of genomic data to predict offspring performance. These endeavours include theoretical aspects of prediction, the development of software to apply the statistical theory to real-life data, and the application of the software to national and international datasets for a wide variety of traits representing a range of livestock and other species. This encompasses design, enhancement, implementation and monitoring of genetic improvement programs. He has received international awards for these activities, including two from the American Society of Animal Science and one from the American Dairy Science Association. Dorian works well with other researchers and equally enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their farm or ranch business goals.
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Information And Computing Sciences (080000)
Project Title: 1805 Better Breeding Values
Date Range: 2018 - 2020
Funding Body: University of Otago