Prof. Dr. Steven D. Lukefahr
Department of Animal, Rangeland & Wildlife Sciences
Texas A&M University
Steven Lukefahr received his B.S. degree in Animal Science at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville [TAMUK]). In 1982, he completed his graduate education at Oregon State University (OSU), where he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding & Genetics. Raising rabbits as a youngster, he had the good fortune of being affiliated with the Rabbit Research Center at OSU.
From 1983 to 1985, he was employed by Heifer International where he worked in Cameroon, West Africa, developing a grass-roots level, meat rabbit program for rural farmers. From 1985 to present, he has served as a professor at Alabama A&M University and at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he has trained many students who now work in developing countries. Dr. Lukefahr is co-author of the popular book, Rabbit Production (CABI). He is also the author of Developing Sustainable Rabbit Projects (Heifer International Publishers), a book that has been used in training programs and by institutions in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He has collaborated with many rabbit scientists from developing countries. Dr. Lukefahr has published about 200 articles in international journals and papers in conference proceedings.
Dr. Lukefahr has worked in about 30 developing countries where he has assisted efforts in developing sustainable meat rabbit projects targeted at low income families. In 1997, in recognition for his humanitarian services, he received the coveted International Animal Agriculture Bouffalt Award by the American Society of Animal Science. His most recent trips were to Haiti in 2010 where he evaluated the status of a major rabbit project and conducted rabbit training to farmers and university students. In 2011, he delivered an invited paper at an annual rabbit conference in Chongqing, China. In 2012, he provided leadership at the 10th World Rabbit Congress, which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. In 2014, he presented an invited paper on the Small-Scale Rabbit Production Model at the 5th Rabbit Congress of the Americas in Toluca, Mexico. From 2004-2008, he served as President of the World Rabbit Science Association (WRSA), and from 2008 to present, serves as the WRSA General Secretary for Developing Countries. At TAMUK, breeding and teaching programs focus on small-scale and sustainable rabbit production systems that largely utilize renewable resources, which can be adopted by families in south Texas and throughout the developing world.