Daniel Poole currently serves as an associate professor of reproductive physiology in the Department of Animal Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. While earning his bachelor's degree in animal and veterinary science at West Virginia University, he quickly realized he could make a greater impact on animal agriculture by educating others and changed his focus to improving animal agriculture production systems.
Poole earned a master's degree in reproductive physiology at WVU and a doctorate in animal science from The Ohio State University. Poole then joined the animal science faculty at NCSU to teach a variety of reproduction and management courses. His teaching approach focuses on providing fundamental information in a way that directly applies to real-life scenarios. Relating the material to real-life situations engages the students and encourages students with diverse backgrounds to share their experiences in class discussions, thus bridging the gap in knowledge. Poole enjoys educating future generations of veterinarians, producers, and animal scientists to meet the industry's growing needs and address global food security.
Poole’s current research explores how environmental and management practices, such as endophyte-infected fescue and heat stress, impact growth and reproductive performance in beef cattle. Infertility and/or fertility-related deficiencies in livestock species are a major source of economic loss for producers. While the characteristics of the fescue toxicosis syndrome have been extensively studied in an attempt to find remedies for, or offset the symptoms of, this syndrome, its complex etiology has hindered an exploration of specific mechanisms of action of ergovaline on specific tissues. Therefore, the potential exists to address and improve reproductive issues in today’s cattle industry through innovative research that combines basic and applied experimental models.
Poole is a member of several professional societies and has been inducted into NCSU's Academy of Outstanding Teachers. He has received multiple awards for teaching and leadership excellence, including NCSU's Outstanding Teacher Award, the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award, and the American Society of Animal Science Southern Section Young Animal Scientist Award for Education.
M.S. in Reproductive Physiology, West Virginia University, 2005
B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, West Virginia University, 2002