Graham Centre member Dr David Hopkins has been recognised for his contribution to animal production over a research career spanning more than 30 years.
Dr Hopkins has been awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) in recognition of his ‘exceptional and sustained contributions to animal production through research and service to the livestock industries in Australia and to the Society’.
Dr Hopkins is a senior principal research scientist at the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and his research focuses on meat science.
This includes processing and measurement technologies for sheep meat, development of new lamb cuts and a database on the meat quality of lamb cuts, manipulation of ageing rate in beef and the measurement of meat traits using spectroscopy.
He’s also been involved in research that’s been adopted by the industry, such as VIASCAN®, new generation electrical stimulation, and SMARTSHAPE™.
Dr Hopkins said, “Seeing research and development outcomes adopted by industry is gratifying, as research results that only make it to scientific papers are a lost opportunity.”
In presenting the Fellowship, ASAP also praised Dr Hopkins work in mentoring colleagues and young scientists.
“David has always proven generous with his time and experience, whether discussing practical opportunities and solutions with industry stakeholders or presenting a keynote address at a scientiﬁc conference. Moreover, ‘Hoppy’ is an active mentor, supervisor and friend for post-graduate students, his research team members, and visiting or junior scientists alike, and from around the globe,” the Fellowship citation reads.
Dr Hopkins has published more than 500 scientific journal papers, chapters and technical and extension papers.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University (CSU), University of New England and Shandong Agricultural University (China), and is also a Distinguished Professor of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the International journal, Meat Science.