Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

In the Limelight: Marnie Hodge

Marnie HodgeSupervisors: Sameer Pant and Cyril Stephen from Charles Sturt University and Sara de les Heras-Saldana from the University of New England

Thesis title: Ram side factors influencing reproductive success in the Australian sheep industry

Funding body: Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University and Apiam Animal Health

Relevant Current Employment: Genetics Technician at Apiam Genetic Services in Dubbo

Career studies until now: Bachelor of Animal Science (honours) 2014-2017, Genetics Technician at Apiam Genetic Services 2018 – present, PhD candidate 2019 – present

Currently studying PhD in sheep genetics and reproduction

Research Interests: Livestock reproduction and genetics

A typical day for me is…

I am either working at Apiam Genetic Services in Dubbo assisting with the collection and cryopreservation of genetic material from sheep or at my desk working on my thesis.

My main project at the moment is…

A prospective trial which aims to determine whether there are correlations in semen parameters measured by a Computer Assisted Semen Analysis (CASA) and conception success following an artificial insemination program.

My favourite part of my studies is…

Having the opportunity to learn and develop new skills

When I am not studying I like to…

Spend time with friends, walk my dog, go to the gym

When I am driving I like to listen to…

Triple J


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