Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D.
Professor and air quality specialist
Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., is a professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. As such, he shares his knowledge and research with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with members of the scientific community and with those who work with and for the critically important agricultural industry, domestically and abroad.
He is committed to making a difference for generations to come, and thus, is passionate about understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations, as well as studying the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities. In addition, he is focusing on the food production challenge that will become a global issue as the world’s population grows to nearly 10 billion by 2050.
Mitloehner is frequently sought after for his expertise and ability to bring stakeholders together to address issues regarding air quality, and agricultural efficiencies and sustainability. His work in this regard has included serving as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production.
He was a workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) under President Barack Obama, and a member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System.”
He received a master of science degree in animal science and agricultural engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a doctoral degree in animal science from Texas Tech University. Soon after completing his doctorate, Mitloehner was recruited in 2002 to UC Davis, to fill its first-ever position focusing on the relationship between livestock and air quality.