Dr Rachael Rodney Harris

Research Fellow
National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health

Rachael is an animal health, agriculutre and public health researcher and eductor. She is the Innovation Training and Education Lead at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT) and convenes the Masters of Agricultural Innovation at the Fenner School of Environment and Sociey. At ANU we "teach ag differenly" by working with indstry to develop training and education programs fill future needs gaps using cross-disclipnary approaches to address big challenges.

Her research expertise focuses on nutritional physiology of ruminants, mineral/vitamin metabolism, animal health and epidemiology. She is also interested in the intersection of human, animal and enviornmental health (one health).

Rachael has worked at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) at ANU where her work focused on the effects of enviornment and climate on health, particularly links between vitamin D metabolism, sun exposure and related health. She also led the ACT Bushfire Health Survey examining the holistic health and lifestyle effects of bushfire smoke.

Before joining ANU, Rachael completed her PhD with Scibus and the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, Australia, including collaboration with the University of Florida, FL. This work is focused on linkages between cattle nutrition with reproduction and health in the transition period, and effects of vitamin D supplementation in dairy cattle. Rachael has previously worked in sustainable agriculture policy and completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience in 2010 with honours (first class) in reproduction.

Research interests

Nutritional physiology of ruminants, links between livestock nutrition reproduction and health, mineral/vitamin metabolism, animal health, one health, epidemiology, enviornmental epidemiology, sun exposure