Anatomically detailed, biophysically governed modelling of energy flows in dairy cows
- Develop an anatomically detailed model of the dairy cow such that physical laws govern the material and energy flows.
- Setup a digital framework to enable comparative analysis across breeds based on these models, their parameters and anatomical differences. Specific focus will be on the partitioning and flow of metabolic energy to support the cow’s economically critical physiological functions such as milk production, feed efficiency, methane and nitrogen excretion, fertility and ability to cope with thermal stress.
This model development will be in collaboration with DairyNZ. Successful candidate will be supported with tuition fees and tax free stipend ($28.5K pa).
Ideal candidates will have a strong background in biology, chemistry and a keen interest in applied mathematics. Experience with computer modelling and good communication skills are necessary.
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