David Bransby

Contact Information:

224 Funchess Hall

Selected Publications

Education :
PhD, 1983, University of Natal (Grassland Science)
MS, 1978, University of South Africa (Market Research)
MS, 1975, University of Missouri (Agronomy)
BS, 1972, University of Natal (Grassland Science)

Professional Experience:
1990 - present: Professor, Auburn University
1995 - 2000: Alumni Professor, Auburn University
1987 - 1990: Associate Professor, Auburn University
1983 - 1987: Associate Professor, University of Natal
1983: Visiting Scientist, Texas Tech University
1975 - 1983: Assistant Professor, University of Natal

Professional Activities:
Research activities are split about equally between forage/livestock work (especially grazing research) and energy and fiber crops and their associated industries. Forage/livestock research is aimed primarily at developing stocker systems which make use of annual ryegrass and tall fescue. This work includes economic analysis. Some investigations are also being conducted with goats on mimosa and ryegrass. Research on energy crops has focused mainly on switchgrass, but is being expanded to a wider range of both annual and perennial species with a focus on co-firing them with coal to produce electricity. Some research is also being conducted with giant reed ( Arundo donax ) and mimosa for production of energy as well as pulp and paper. Outreach activities involve working with producers and producer groups on applying research results from both the forage/livestock work and the energy crop research. In addition, considerable effort is now being made to work with industry to commercialize production of electricity from energy crops and paper from giant reed.

Honors and Awards:
  • Appointed Fellow of the America Society of Agronomy, 1998
  • Appointed Alumni Professor, Auburn University, 1995-2000
  • Director's Research Award, AAES, 1993
Professional Societies Membership:
  • Board of Directors, Southern Alliance for the Utilization of Biomass Resources, 2004 - present.
  • Board of Directors, New Uses Council, 1999 - present.
  • Board of Directors, Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops, 1999-present.
  • Editorial Board, Elsivier Journal Biomass and Bioenergy , 2000 - present.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Production Agriculture , American Society of Agronomy, 1993 -1997
  • University Senate Representative, Agronomy and Soils, 1998 - 2004
  • University Senate Rules Committee, 2000-2001
  • Chair, Senate Administrator Evaluation Committee, 2004
  • University Patent Policy Revision Committee, 2000 - 2002
  • University Patent Disclosure Committee, 2004 - present
  • University Alumni Professor Selection Committee, 1995-1998


AGRN 4010

Forage Production & Utilization

AGRN 5400/6400 Bioenergy and the Environment
AGRN 7100 Advanced Forage Management









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