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Animal Science Faculty

Don Spiers

Don Spiers


Environmental Physiology

114 Animal Science Research Center
Division Of Animal Sciences
Columbia, MO 65211

  • Phone: (573) 882-6131
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  • Curriculum Vitae


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Bachelor of Science - Biological Science. 1970
    Master of Sceince - Zoology.1972.
  • Michigan State University

    Doctor of Philosophy - Physiology.1980

Professional Organizations

American Animal Science Association
American Dairy Science Association
American Physiological Society
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
International Society of Biometeorology

Professional Experience

1) Assistant Fellow, John B. Pierce Foundation Laboratory, New Haven, Connecticut, 1983-1990.
2) Assistant Professor, Yale University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, 1985-1990.
3) Associate Fellow, John B. Pierce Foundation Laboratory, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990-1991.
4) Associate Research Scientist and Lecturer, Yale University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990-1991.
5) Associate Professor, University of Missouri, Animal Sciences Unit, Columbia, Missouri, 1991-Present.

Teaching Experience at University of Missouri-Columbia

Animal Science 254: "Physiology of Domestic Animals", 1993-present, Undergraduate sophomore to senior students - Basic principles of animal physiology using a systems approach in both lecture and laboratory sessions.

Animal Science 437: "Environmental Physiology", 1991-present. Graduate students - Basics of environmental physiology, with concentration on domestic animals using both classic and current references.


Selected Refereed Research Publications and Book Chapters

Becker, B.A., J.J., Klir, R.L. Matteri, D.E. Spiers, M. Ellersiek, and M.L. Misfeldt. 1997. Endocrine and thermoregulatory responses to acute thermal exposures in six-month-old pigs reared in different neonatal environments. J. Therm. Biol. 22:87.

Wilson, S.J., R.S. Marion, J.N. Spain, D.E. Spiers, D.H. Keisler, and M.C. Lucy. 1998. Effects of heat stress on ovarian function in dairy cattle. I. Lactating cows. J. Dairy Sci. 81: 2124.

Eigenberg, R.A., G.L. Hahn, J.A. Nienaber, T.M. Brown-Brandl, and D.E. Spiers. 2000. Development of a new respiration rate monitor for cattle. Trans. ASAE 43: 723.

Al-Haidary, A., D.E. Spiers, G.E. Rottinghaus, G.B. Garner, and M.R. Ellersieck. 2001. Thermoregulatory ability of beef calves following intake of endophyte-infected tall fescue during controlled heat challenge. J. Anim. Sci. 79:1780.

Hahn, L., T. Mader, D. Spiers, J. Gaughan, J. Nienaber, R. Eigenberg, T. Brown-Brandl, Q. Hu, D. Griffin, L. Hungerford, A. Parkhurst, M. Leonard, W. Adams, and L. Adams. 2001. Heat wave impacts on feedlot cattle: Considerations for improved environmental management. Proc. Sixth Int’l. Lvstk. Environ. Symp.. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engrs. - Louisville, Kentucky. Pg 129.

Spiers, D.E., J.N. Spain, M.J. Leonard, and M.C. Lucy. 2001. Effect of cooling strategy and night temperature on dairy cow performance during heat stress. Proc. Sixth Int’l. Lvstk. Environ. Symp.. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engrs. - Louisville, Kentucky. Pg 45.

Leonard, M.J., D.E. Spiers, and G.L. Hahn. 2001. Adaptation of feedlot cattle to repeated sinusoidal heat challenge. Proc. Sixth Int’l. Lvstk. Environ. Symp.. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engrs. - Louisville, Kentucky. Pg 119.

Mader, T.L., S.M. Holt, J.B. Gaughan, G.L. Hahn, M.S. Davis, A.M. Parkhurst, and D.E. Spiers. 2001. Heat load management of feedlot cattle. Proc. Sixth Int’l. Lvstk. Environ. Symp.. Amer. Soc. Agric. Engrs. - Louisville, Kentucky. Pg 147.

Lakritz, J., M.J. Leonard, P.A. Eichen, G.E. Rottinghaus, G.C. Johnson, and D.E. Spiers. 2002. Whole blood GSH in cattle exposed to heat stress or heat stress plus endophyte-infected tall fescue toxins under controlled environmental conditions. Am. J. Vet. Res. 63: 799.

Roberts, C.A., D.E. Spiers, A.L. Karr, H.R. Benedict, D.A. Sleper, P.A. Eichen, C.P. West, E.L. Piper, and G.E. Rottinghaus. 2002. Use of a Rat Model to Evaluate Tall Fescue Seed Infected with Introduced Strains of Neotyphodium coenophialum. J. Agric. Food Chem. 50: 5742.

Mader, T.L., S.M. Holt, G.L. Hahn, M.S. Davis, and D.E. Spiers. 2002. Feeding strategies for managing heat load in feedlot cattle. J. Anim. Sci.80: 2373

Al-Tamimi, H., G.E. Rottinghaus, D.E. Spiers, J.N. Spain, D. Chatman, P.A. Eichen, T.L. Carson, and N.S. Hill. 2003. Thermoregulatory response of dairy cows fed ergotized barley during summer heat stress. J. Vet. Diag. Invest. 15: 355.

Gadberry, M.S., T.M. Denard, D.E. Spiers, and E.L. Piper. 2003. Effects of feeding ergovaline on lamb performance in a heat stress environment. J. Anim. Sci. 81: 1538.

Nihsen, M., E.L. Piper, C.P. West, R.J. Crawford, T.M. Denard, Z.B. Johnson, C.A. Roberts, D.E. Spiers, and C.F. Rosenkrans. 2004. Growth rate and physiology of steers grazing tall fescue inoculated with novel endophytes. J. Anim. Sci. 82:878.

Spiers, D.E., J.N. Spain, J.D. Sampson, and R.P. Rhoads. 2004. Use of physiological parameters to predict milk yield and feed intake in heat-stressed dairy cows. J. Therm. Biol. 29: 759.

Spiers, D.E., P.A. Eichen, M.J. Leonard, L.E. Wax, G.E. Rottinghaus, J.E. Williams, and D.P. Colling. 2004. Benefit of dietary seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) extract in reducing heat strain and fescue toxicosis: a comparative evaluation. J. Therm. Biol. 29: 753.

Spiers, D.E., P.A. Eichen, and G.E. Rottinghaus. 2005. A model of fescue toxicosis: Responses of rats to intake of endophyte-infected tall fescue. J. Anim. Sci.. 83: 1423.

Brown-Brandl, T.M., R.A. Eigenberg, G.L. Hahn, J.A. Nienaber, T.L. Mader, D.E. Spiers, and A.M. Parkhurst. 2005. Analyses of thermoregulatory responses of feeder cattle exposed to simulated heat waves. Int. J. Biometeorol. 49: 285.

Cammack, K.M., D.E. Spiers, P.A. Eichen, and W.R. Lamberson. 2005. Relationships
between body temperature and performance traits in heat-stressed rats. J. Therm. Biol. 30: 467.

Settivari, R.S., S. Bhusari, T. Evans, P.A. Eichen, L.B. Hearne, E. Antoniou, and D.E. Spiers. 2006. Genomic analysis of the impact of fescue toxicosis on hepatic function. J. Anim. Sci. 84:1279.

S. Bhusari, L. B. Hearne, D. E. Spiers, W. R. Lamberson and E. Antoniou. 2006. Expression
profiling of heat stress effects on mice fed ergot alkaloids. Toxicological Sciences. doi:

Bhusari S., L. B. Hearne, D. E. Spiers, W. R. Lamberson, and E. Antoniou. 2006. Effect of
Fescue Toxicosis on Hepatic Gene Expression in Mice. J. Anim. Sci. 84.:1600.

Settivari, R.S., J.N. Spain, M.R. Ellersieck, J.C. Byatt, R.J. Collier, and D.E. Spiers. 2007.
Relationship of thermal status to productivity in heat-stressed dairy cows given recombinant
bovine somatotropin. J. Dairy Sci. (In press).

Al-Tamimi, H.J., P.A. Eichen, G.E. Rottinghaus, and D.E. Spiers. 2007. Nitric oxide
supplementation alleviates hyperthermia induced by intake of ergopeptine alkaloids during chronic
heat stress. J. Thermal. Biol. (In press).


Lucy, M.C., H.A. Garverick, and D.E. Spiers. 2002. Stress – management induced, in cattle. In:Encyclopedia of Dairy Sciences.

Spiers, D.E., T.J. Evans, and G.E. Rottinghaus. 2005. Interaction between thermal stress and fescue toxicosis: Animal Models. In: Neotyphodium in Cool-Season Grasses. C.A. Roberts, C.P. West, and D.E. Spiers, Eds, Blackwell Publishing, Ames, IA.


Roberts, C.A., C.P. West, and D.E. Spiers. (Eds) 2005. Neotyphodium in Cool-Season Grasses. Blackwell Publishing, Ames, IA. 379 pgs.