Jennifer Barfield

Jennifer Barfield is an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and scientific lead for the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd. Originally from North Carolina, she made her way to Colorado 13 years ago and soon after her adventures with bison began. Jennifer’s background is in animal science and conservation and she is a specialist in animal reproduction. This put her in a unique position to help guide the establishment of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd in 2015, working with some of the animals from the time they are composed of only a few cells to managing them on the landscape at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space in northern Colorado. She continues to work on improving assisted reproductive technologies for animals in ways that can be applied for conservation and agricultural purposes while promoting bison conservation in general. As part of her role with the Laramie Foothills herd, she facilitates moving bison from the herd to other herds to share valuable genetics and support bison restoration and/or cultural goals of Native American tribes and conservation-focused organizations. She is also co-director of a 1-year Master’s program in assisted reproductive technologies at CSU. On a personal note, Jennifer is a nature lover, a traveler, an old dog adopter, has more (in-door only) cats than she would like to admit, and is an avid reader when work allows.

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