Ermias Kebreab

Ermias Kebab

Position Title

  • Animal Science
  • World Food Center
  • Global Engagement
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Ermias Kebreab is associate dean for global engagement in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as director of the World Food Center. He is a renowned scholar and skilled administrator with extensive experience in sustainable agriculture and animal science.

Kebreab oversees the advancement of the college’s international goals while working in collaboration with extensive internal and external partnerships to magnify the grand challenges facing our global food systems.

Kebreab is the Sesnon Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science. He has conducted extensive research in developing strategies for using feed additives to reduce methane emissions from livestock and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is chair of the United Nations FAO Technical Working Group on Feed Additives, a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Panel on Anthropogenic Methane Emissions in the United States and also serves on the NAS Committee for Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle. He is a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2019 Update on Good Practices Guideline in Chapter 4, “Emissions from Livestock and Manure Management.”

Hailing from Eritrea, Kebreab received his B.S. in biology from the University of Asmara, followed by an M.S. in integrative biology and a Ph.D. in ecological modeling from the University of Reading, UK. He has previously served as the associate vice provost of Academic Programs for Global Affairs and as the deputy director for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.