Marcia Endres, Ph.D.

University of Minnesota

Dr. Marcia Endres is a Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. She holds an extension and research appointment. Her research team has studied how various housing and management systems can influence health, welfare and performance of dairy cattle. 

In recent years, Dr. Endres and her team have also conducted research and outreach on precision dairy technologies, including robotic milking systems, automated milk feeders and individual cow behavior sensors. She has published 58 peer reviewed research articles, and numerous abstracts, proceedings, and popular press articles, in addition to 7 book chapters and being the editor for the upcoming book “Understanding the Behavior and Improving the Welfare of Dairy Cattle”. 

She teaches two classes in dairy herd management and coaches the University of Minnesota Dairy Challenge teams. Dr. Endres serves as director and committee chair on the PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) Board (the national organization that certifies animal welfare audits and auditors) and recently served as President of the Dairy Cattle Welfare Council. In addition, Dr. Endres has chaired US and International Precision Dairy Conference Planning Committees and serves as chair of the International Precision Dairy Farming Association. Dr. Endres received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.S. from Iowa State University, and Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Parana, Brazil.