- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. in Animal Sciences, São Paulo State University, Brazil
- Graduate Education
- M.S. in Animal Sciences, University of Florida
- Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, University of Florida
- • American Society of Animal Sciences, Early Career Achievement Award, 2018
- • Western Section - American Society of Animal Sciences, Extension Award, 2017
- • CAS - F.E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, 2016
- • Western Section - American Society of Animal Sciences, Young Scientist Award, 2016
- • Oregon Beef Council, Distinguished Service Award, 2014
- • Celebrating Success, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Rock Star Faculty, 2011
Dr. Reinaldo Fernandes Cooke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cooke received a B.S. (2003) in Animal Sciences from Sao Paulo State University, and a M.S. (2006) and a Ph.D. (2008) in Animal Sciences from the University of Florida. Prior to Texas A&M, Dr. Cooke served Oregon State University as Assistant and Associate Professor – Beef Cattle Specialist from 2009 – 2017.
Dr. Cooke’s academic program is geared toward addressing the needs of the Texas, US, and worldwide beef industries. Dr. Cooke coordinates the Texas A&M International Beef Cattle Academy (http://ibca.tamu.edu). His research efforts focus on management strategies to improve productive efficiency in beef cattle operations, including nutrition, health, growth, and reproductive responses in Bos indicus and B. taurus cattle. To date, Dr. Cooke has authored/co-authored >110 journal articles and 3 book chapters, delivered >160 presentations in local, national, and international events, and secured >$4 million of extramural research funding. Dr. Cooke has mentored 36 research interns, 12 M.Sc. and 7 Ph.D. students, in addition to 2 post-doctoral researchers.
As evidence of his research and Extension accomplishments, Dr. Cooke received the ASAS Early Career Achievement Award (2018), ASAS Western Section – Extension Award (2017), ASAS Western Section – Young Scientist Award (2016), and was the first Extension Specialist to receive the OSU/CAS – F. E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research (2016). As recognition for his service to the Oregon beef industry, Dr. Cooke received the 2014 Oregon Beef Council Distinguished Award Service. Dr. Cooke’s research program also received ASAS Western Section – Applied Animal Research awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, corroborating its importance and relevance to the US beef industry. Dr. Cooke is an active member of ASAS, currently serving as president-elect for ASAS Western Section and Section Editor for the Journal of Animal Science.