Heather Bruce

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Email
hbruce@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-9871
Address
3-18E Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5

Overview

About

Degree

Ph.D., Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta

Job/Research Area 

Carcass and Meat Science 


Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Research in the Carcass and Meat Science specialization will focus on the ante- and post-mortem factors that affect carcass yield/grade and meat quality. Specific research investigations will include examination of the effects of nutrition, genetics and management on carcass yield, muscle colour, and resulting meat toughness and sensory acceptability; determination of collagen cross-linking and how they affect meat toughness; and prediction of meat toughness and quality using non-invasive technology. The objective of the Carcass and Meat Science research program is to provide answers to concerns faced by the Canadian meat industry through basic as well as strategic research. The complementary teaching program is designed to provide the meat industry as well as the global meat research community with trained, highly qualified personnel. Dr. Bruce welcomes inquiries from students with strong academic and communication skills and training in animal, food, veterinary or biochemical science. 

Courses

AFNS 521 - Meat Science

The conversion of muscle to meat in livestock and poultry: definitions and measurement of carcass and meat quality; influences of pre- and post-slaughter factors on carcass and meat quality. The lab will consist of a two-day field trip during Reading Week. Not to be taken if credit received for AN SC 420. Prerequisites: *3 BIOCH or AN SC 320, and consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2021
AFNS 660 - Communication in Science

Course designed for graduate students in the early stages of their graduate program. Students will learn effective communication skills for life as a graduate student and a future scientist. Topics will include the scientific method; paper, thesis and grant writing; poster and lecture development and delivery; ethics in science; graduate student supervisor relationships. Preference given to those in the first year of their program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Fall Term 2020
AN SC 320 - Livestock Growth and Meat Production

Concepts of growth and development applied to meat production from farm livestock. Form and function of bone, muscle and fat. Livestock and carcass appraisal. Prerequisite: AN SC 101 or 200 or *3 BIOL.

Fall Term 2020
AN SC 400 - Individual Study

Project or reading course supervised by a Faculty member, requiring preparation of a comprehensive report. Prerequisites: Third year standing or higher and consent of Department. Note: May be taken more than once if topic is different.

Summer Term 2020
AN SC 420 - Meat Science

The conversion of muscle to meat in livestock and poultry: definitions and measurement of carcass and meat quality; influences of pre- and post-slaughter factors on carcass and meat quality. The lab will consist of a two day field trip during Reading Week. Prerequisite: *3 BIOCH, AN SC 320, or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2021