Montana State University

Department of Animal & Range Sciences

P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900

Tel: (406) 994-3722
Fax: (406) 994-5589
Location: 103 Animal Bioscience Building

Department Head:

Dr. Glenn Duff

Lisa Surber

Research Scientist
Montana State University
Wool Lab


PhD in Animal and Range Sciences, Ruminant Nutriton (May 2006)
MS in Animal Science – 1995 MSU
BS in Animal Science – 1992 MSU

MSU Research and/or Project Area(s):

  • Montana Sheep Institute
  • PhD research focused on genetics of forage quality in barley
  • Worked ten years for Dr. Jan Bowman in Feed Barley Research Program

Accomplishments and/or publications:

Grants and Contracts:

  • 2004 – 2006
    Developing Improved Hay Barley Varieties for Montana
    Sponsor: Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology Amount: $66,232
  • 2005 – 2007
    Profitable Calf Backgrounding Integrating Annual Forage Crops
    Sponsor: Four-State Ruminant Consortium
    Amount: $139,023


  • Recipient of the WSASAS 2005 Outstanding Academic Quadrathlon Advisor
  • Recipient of the Montana Nutrition Conference Graduate Student Poster Award 2003
  • Nominee for Montana State University Employee of the Year 2003, 2000, 1999
  • Recipient of Montana State University Day of Student Recognition Leadership Award - 2001 Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Recipient of the Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Research Award 2001
  • Recipient of a P.E.O. International Scholar Award for Academic Year 2001-2002
  • International Barley Genetics Symposium 2000, Adelaide, Australia – First Place Poster Feed Quality Section
  • American Society of Animal Science, Western Section 1995 - First Place Graduate Student Competition Paper


  • Abdel-Haleem, H., J.G.P. Bowman, V. Kanazin, H. Talbert, S. Mickelson, L.M.M. Surber, P.Hayes, and T. K. Blake.  2005.  The genetics of variation in feed quality in a wide 2- by 6-rowed barley RIL population.  Crop Sci. (Submitted).
  • Abdel-Haleem, H., L.M.M. Surber, J.G.P. Bowman, V. Kanazin, and T. K. Blake. 2005. Mapping and verification of QTL controlling variation for feed quality in a two-rowed barley population. Crop Sci. (Submitted).
  • Abdel-Haleem, H., L.M.M. Surber, J.G.P. Bowman, and T. K. Blake. 2005. Mapping the genes controlling variation for feed quality in the Steptoe x Morex barley population. Crop Sci. (Submitted).
  • Bowman, J.G.P., J. J. Kincheloe, N. Taylor, L.M.M. Surber, A.V. Grove, V. Raboy, J. A. Dorsch, and T. K. Blake. 2005. Phytic acid levels in barley for beef cattle. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. (In Preparation).
  • Bowman, J.G.P., T. K. Blake, L.M.M. Surber, D. L. Boss, and D. Hinman. 2005. Variability and estimation of the energy value of barley for growing beef cattle. J. Anim. Sci. (In Preparation).
  • Surber, L.M.M., J.G.P. Bowman, P. F. Hensleigh, A. L. Todd, J. J. Kincheloe, S. D. Cash, and M. A. Thompson. 2005. Backgrounding beef steer performance and diet digestibility of barley varieties harvested for forage. Prof. Anim. Sci. (In Preparation).
  • Surber, L.M.M., B. L. Roeder, P. G. Hatfield, and R. W. Kott. 2005. Feedlot performance and carcass characteristics of spring-born wethers fed fall or spring and processed at different ages. Small. Rumin. Res. (Submitted).
  • Boles, J. A., J.G.P. Bowman, L.M.M. Surber, and D. L. Boss. 2004. Effects of barley variety fed to steers on carcass characteristics and color of meat. J. Anim Sci. 82: 2087-2091.
  • Bowman, J.G.P., B. F. Sowell, L.M.M. Surber, and T. K. Daniels. 2004. Nonstructural carbohydrate supplementation of yearling heifers and range beef cows. J. Anim. Sci. 82:2724-2733.
  • Kaiser, C. R., J.G.P. Bowman, L.M.M. Surber, T. K. Blake, and J. J. Borkowski. 2004. Variation in apparent component digestibility of barley in the rat from the core collection of the USDA National Small Grains Collection. Anim. Feed Sci. Technol. 113:97-112.
  • Bowman, J.G.P., T. K. Blake, L.M.M. Surber, D. K. Habernicht, and H. Bockelman. 2001. Feed-quality variation in the barley core collection of the USDA National Small Grains Collection. Crop Sci. 41:863-870.
  • Surber, L.M.M., and J.G.P. Bowman. 1998. Monensin effects on digestion of corn or barley high concentrate diets. J. Anim. Sci. 76:1945-1954.

MSU Advisor/Supervisor:

Dr. Rodney Kott – MT Sheep Institute