Meet the Editors

Editors are in charge of reviewing, updating and seeking new content within their specific area.

NEW in 2019


Dr. Locke Karriker

Dr. Locke Karriker Swine Health - Faculty Mentor and Editor

Dr. Locke Karriker is a 1999 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and practiced swine medicine in the Southwest before he joined the ISU CVM faculty in 2003. He is currently Professor and Director of the Swine Medicine Education Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine. His primary appointment focuses on teaching swine production medicine to veterinary students and developing advanced training for practitioners. His research is focused on swine disease treatment and pharmacology.

Dr. Megan Nickel

Dr. Megan Nickel Swine Health - Student Editor

Dr. Nickel is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC) within Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (ISU CVM). She is currently working on her PhD, while practicing and teaching sections of SMEC’s fourth year clinical rotations. Dr. Nickel completed her undergraduate training at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2015 and graduated with her DVM from Iowa State University in 2019.

Dr. Jonathan Holt

Dr. Jonathan Holt Breeding & Genetics, Reproduction, Nutrition - Faculty Mentor and Editor

Dr. Jonathan Holt is an Assistant Professor and Extension Swine Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University. He earned his B.S and M.S. degrees in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota in 2002 and 2004, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science and Nutrition from North Carolina State University in 2008. Dr. Holt spent 8 years involved in technical consulting and research in the feed industry where he led research efforts in multiple species including swine, poultry and aquaculture. In 2018, Dr. Holt joined North Carolina State University where he coordinates a research, education and outreach program focused on the area of swine management and well-being.

Victoria Abner

Victoria Abner Breeding & Genetics, Reproduction, Nutrition - Student Editor

Victoria Abner is a graduate teaching and research assistant at North Carolina State University. She is a master’s student in the department of Animal Science studying swine health and welfare. Victoria received her B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Brett Ramirez

Dr. Brett Ramirez Facilities & Equipment, Environmental Stewardship - Faculty Mentor and Editor

Dr. Ramirez’s research and extension program encompass swine and poultry production systems with a primary focus on: ventilation systems, natural resource and energy efficiency, animal energetics, environmental control, and precision livestock farming. The mission is to provide and advance the science and technology needed to address the aforementioned areas in animal production systems. Through mentoring students on fundamental and applied research projects, his program further aims to generate practical solutions to current and emerging issues surrounding animal agriculture and its producers.

Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith Facilities & Equipment, Environmental Stewardship - Student Editor

Ben Smith is a PhD student in the Industrial and Agricultural Technology Program studying under Dr. Brett Ramirez with a focus area on animal production systems. Ben’s research focus is integrating technology with barn environment to solve applied research problems impacting the swine industry. He received his master’s degree and dual bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Systems Technology, all from Iowa State University.

Dr. Siroj Pokharel

Dr. Siroj Pokharel Pork Quality, Pork Safety, Youth Projects, Small, Beginning Farmer & Alternative Producers - Faculty Mentor and Editor

Dr. Pokharel is a meat science and food safety specialist. He earned his M.S. degree in meat science and muscle biology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2011 and his Ph.D. in food safety and microbiology at Texas Tech University in 2016. Before joining California Polytechnic State University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science, Pokharel worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Food Science at Pennsylvania State University.

Morgan Wonderly

Morgan Wonderly Pork Quality, Pork Safety, Youth Projects, Small, Beginning Farmer & Alternative Producers - Student Editor

Morgan Wonderly is a graduate teaching and research assistant at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo working towards her master’s degree in animal science. Morgan’s thesis work is in the area of meat science and she also has a part in overseeing the Cal Poly Swine Unit.