Sarita Guy is broadly interested in the application of biometrical methods, and has research experience in agricultural science, veterinary science, social science and tertiary education. She completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 2011. In conjunction with starting a family,she then completed a PhD in quantitative genetics at the University of Sydney (awarded in 2018). Her Pork CRC funded project highlighted opportunities to use routinely collected on-farm records for the genetic improvement in not only productivity, but also health in the growing pig. Methods to evaluate the traits of disease tolerance and disease resilience were proposed, and a health trait was also defined using medication status.
Communicating complex concepts and research outcomes to different audiences is a challenge that Sarita enjoys. Whilst completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, she conducted tutorials and computer practicals in applied statistics for the University of Sydney’s Agricultural and Veterinary Science faculties. She has also won several awards for her presentations, including Student Presentation awards at the 2015 and 2017 AAABG conferences, and the CSIRO Publishing Young Scientist Award at the 2018 Animal Production Science conference.
Sarita joined the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit in Armidale in 2017. As a postdoctoral research fellow for the Advanced Livestock and Measurement Technologies project for globally competitive Australian meat (ALMTech), she is researching the genetic improvement of lean meat yield and eating quality in beef, sheep and pork. In addition to genetics, a large component of her work is to facilitate the flow of data on carcase attributes (including compliance to market specifications and health) from processors to producers.
Besides her research pursuits, other passions include exploring the countryside, riding motorbikes, DIY projects and her progeny, whom she sees as one of life’s many great experiments.