Dr Sarah Meale

Senior Lecturer

School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 350


As a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and Production, my research focuses on nutrition and gut microbiology. I completed my Ph.D. through the University of Sydney investigating the effects of various feed additives on performance, and meat quality of sheep. I then went on to complete a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Canada (The University of Alberta), investigating the effects of weaning age and strategy on the development of the ruminal microbiome in dairy calves. Developing this research theme, I was awarded a highly prestigious Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship for a 2-year project in France, to investigate the effects of additives on gut microbiome establishment and programming for lifelong effects in dairy calves to reduce methane emissions. In October 2017, I began my current position as a teaching and research academic at The University of Queensland focusing on feed efficiency, and environmentally sustainable ruminant production systems with a focus on manipulating the rumen for reduced methane emissions and enhanced production. I bring a multidisciplinary approach to my research to examine the effects of nutrition and age on microbiology, production performance and meat quality of an animal.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, University of Sydney


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2022) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Hegarty, Roger, Joseph, Stephen, Rebbeck, Melissa, Meale, Sarah and Paul, Nicholas (2024). Biochar as an animal feed ingredient. Biochar for environmental management. (pp. 735-757) edited by Johannes Lehmann and Stephen Joseph. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003297673-29

  • Meale, S. J. and McAllister, T. A. (2015). Grain for feed and energy. Triticale. (pp. 167-187) edited by François Eudes. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-22551-7_9

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.