Brian Leury is Head of the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems and Associate Professor and Reader (Animal Science). Prior to joining the University in 1992, he was employed by the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and he continues to be an adviser to the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. In 2001, Brian spent eight months on sabbatical in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University.
Brian has published extensively in the areas of nutritional physiology of ruminants during pregnancy and lactation, growth and development in meat animals, and livestock production systems across a range of animal species. More recently, his research has focussed on improving the adaptation of livestock to a changing environment and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from grazing animals.
In 2007, his research into developing a novel technique for estimating body composition in live animals using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) was recognised when he (as co-recipient) won the Minister’s Prize for Excellence in the Application of the 3R’s (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) for the use of animals in Teaching and Research: Senior Researcher category.