Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in the Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. He received his master's degree in animal science and agricultural engineering from Leipzig University in Germany and his Ph.D. in animal science from Texas Tech University.
Mitloehner is an expert in agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry. Overall, he conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities.
He has served as chairman of a global partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on a project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. He served as a workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as a member on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System."
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