B.S. (Agriculture) Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China
M.S. (Animal Sciences) Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China
Ph.D. (Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Description of Research Interests
Our primary research interest is heat stress physiology in dairy cattle. Our goal is to study how heat stress affects the cow and calf on lactation, growth, metabolism and health by different means. Additionally, we are looking at management and nutritional strategies to minimize the negative effects on cows and calves. The extension program is tied with research and the focus is to utilize different management tools, such as environmental manipulations and milking frequency, to enhance the production and health of the cow and calf.
Selected Recent Publications
Monteiro, A. P. A., S. Tao, I. M. Thompson, and G. E. Dahl. 2014. Effect of heat stress during late gestation on immune function and growth performance of calves: isolation of altered colostral and calf factors. J. Dairy Sci. 97:6426-6439.
Tao, S., A. P. A. Monteiro, M. J. Hayen and G. E. Dahl. 2013. Short Communication: Maternal heat stress during the dry period alters whole body insulin response of calves postnatally. J. Dairy Sci. 97:897-901.
Tao, S., and G. E. Dahl. 2013. Invited Review: Heat stress impacts during the dry period on dry cows and their calves. J. Dairy Sci. 96:4079-4093.
Tao, S., E. E. Connor, J. W. Bubolz, I. M. Thompson, B. C. do Amaral, M. J. Hayen, and G. E. Dahl. 2013. Short Communication: Effects of heat stress during the dry period on gene expression of mammary gland and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. J. Dairy Sci. 96:378-383.
Thompson, I. M., S. Tao, J. Branen, A. D. Ealy, and G. E. Dahl. 2013. Environmental regulation of pregnancy-specific protein B concentrations during late pregnancy in dairy cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 91:168-173.