Reynolds receives Animal Science Fellow Award

Farm Forum

Larry Reynolds, a university distinguished professor in North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department, has received the highest honor the American Society of Animal Science can bestow on its members.

Reynolds received the society’s Fellow Award in the research category at the recent joint meeting of the American Society of Animal Science, American Dairy Science Association, Canadian Animal Science Association and Western Section American Society of Animal Science in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“This award recognizes the impact Dr. Reynolds has had in animal science and the field of reproductive physiology,” says Greg Lardy, head of the Animal Sciences Department. “He has had a distinguished career and I am excited to see him be recognized for these accomplishments.”

Reynolds has spent nearly 40 years on research focused on improving the ability of livestock to conceive and establish a pregnancy and the health of the offspring. He has collaborated with other researchers in the U.S., Australia, Europe and South America.

He has been the lead investigator or co-leader on numerous grant projects, including 36 federal projects with grants totaling about $12.6 million from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

As a result of his research efforts, he has published more than 200 book chapters and journal articles. He also has co-organized or spoken at 45 national and international symposiums, held 15 visiting professorships at other universities and been a keynote speaker throughout the world. Since 1986, he has served on or chaired more than 50 federal grant-review panels for the NIH and USDA.

In addition, he has taught more than 20 undergraduate and graduate courses in cell, growth and reproductive biology, and endocrinology, and mentored more than 35 undergraduate research interns, 13 graduate students and 30 postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and junior faculty.

Reynolds is a founding director of the Center for Nutrition and Pregnancy at NDSU and is involved in national and international efforts to highlight the importance of funding for livestock research, which he says is critical to solving pregnancy, food security and agricultural sustainability problems.

From 2005 to 2008, he served as editor in chief of the Journal of Animal Science, the world’s top-ranked animal science journal. From 2012 to 2016, he was co-director of the Frontiers in Reproduction advanced summer course at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, Mass.

Reynolds says he is grateful for this recognition from his peers.