Dr. Lovercamp joined the agriculture department faculty as an assistant professor of agriculture in 2009. His primary responsibilities include teaching and research in the area of animal science, with a focus on porcine reproductive physiology. Dr. Lovercamp grew up on his family’s production livestock and grain farm in west-central Missouri. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree at Central Missouri State University, Dr. Lovercamp pursued graduate degrees at the University of Missouri – Columbia (M.S.) and North Carolina State University (Ph.D.). While at North Carolina State, Dr. Lovercamp also was employed as a technician for the Extension Swine Husbandry group in the animal science department. Dr. Lovercamp’s research seeks to identify seminal components which affect male fecundity and develop diagnostic tools to aid in determination of a male’s potential fertility.