After pandemic-related delays,Marcos Marcondes finally arrived in Pullman in January 2021 from Brazil. He joins the department’s Ruminant Nutrition Team as an assistant professor, specializing in dairy cattle management and nutrition.
Dr. Marcondes began his education in animal sciences in 2001, earning a BS from the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil in 2005. He then earned MS and PhD degrees in animal science from the same university in 2007 and 2010, respectively.
After completing his formal education, Marcondes joined the Animal Sciences faculty at the same institution as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. He built a strong and collaborative dairy science research team that included undergraduate and graduate students, technicians, and other faculty. His team integrated fundamental and applied research techniques with biotechnology, genetics, food sciences, microbiology, and economics to advance dairy science, resulting in nine funded federal grants and almost 30 peer-reviewed publications.
In addition, Marcondes taught 10 different undergraduate and graduate courses, including dairy production courses that focused on management of small and large dairy herds.
Marcondes is excited to be in Pullman! His research program will focus on feed evaluation, dairy calf and heifer nutrition and development, nutrient requirements for optimal mammary gland development, use of beef semen in dairy herds to increase value of male offspring, and incorporation of alternative feedstuffs and byproduct feeds in dairy cattle diets to reduce feed costs. He is thrilled that the department has a RUSITEC (rumen simulation technique), a semi-continuous in vitro culture method that simulates ruminal fermentation that he can use for initial evaluation of feedstuff digestibility.
Marcondes’ strong teaching background is a huge asset to undergraduate education in the department. He has already been interacting with students this semester, coaching and training them for the western and national North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge contests with John Swain. Preparing for this year’s virtual contests has certainly been different, but the students were up for the challenge and have only good things to say about Dr. Marcondes.
“Dr. Marcondes is extremely intelligent,” said team member Abbi Prins. “He is very involved with the team and is a great professor!”
Marcondes said that students are more engaged in learning when a teacher is truly passionate and enthusiastic about the subject matter. He believes that providing students with the proper space and environment to come to a final elucidating conclusion is a remarkably effective way of teaching.
“I have an open-door policy,” Marcondes said. “Students can stop by anytime for help or just show up to say hi.”
Dr. Marcondes will apply his teaching philosophy in the fall semester when he teaches Feeds and Feeding and Dairy Cattle Management. His plan is to employ a combination of educational presentations, scientific articles, online forums, and hopes to be able to integrate hands-on learning experiences to teach students important concepts in both courses.
When Marcondes is away from the lab and classroom, he unwinds by swimming or playing tennis. He also enjoys spending time outdoors with his fiancé, who is also a ruminant nutritionist, and their two dogs who recently arrived in the Palouse from Brazil. They enjoy traveling and finding good places to eat.