College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

New Leader for Department of Animal and Avian Sciences

The beginning of summer brought with it a new chair for the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC). Dr. Chad Stahl took over the reins at ANSC on June 1st.

Stahl most recently worked at North Carolina State University where he served as a Professor in the Department of Animal Science. He says he was attracted to the University of Maryland because of its “atypical” Department of Animal and Avian Sciences.

“We have researchers conducting important, applied work that will have a direct impact on farmers and the allied agricultural industries, while at the same time we have faculty conducting very basic research that is positioning them as leaders in numerous biomedical fields,” said Stahl. “We’ve truly embraced the full spectrum of the land-grant mission in a single department.”

Stahl had worked at NC State University since 2007 and before then was an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Originally from southern New Jersey, Stahl earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from NC State, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in animal science from Cornell University. His research focuses on developmental nutrition primarily utilizing the pig as a model species.

Stahl says he’s excited to work with a “great group of faculty” and to hire additional faculty in the future to help the department increase in national prominence.

Stahl succeeds Dr. Tom Porter who served as Chair of the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences for eight years.

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