CARC – Scientist Profile – Eric Risch


Eric Risch Ph.D.
Research Scientist Leader (Natural Resources and Environmental Systems)


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (Agricultural Engineering)
M.S., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Bio-Resource Engineering)
B.S., University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada (Agricultural Engineering)

Key Interests

An Agricultural Engineer by training, Dr. Risch has over the past 10 years been a member of a team of scientists working on, inter alia, Establishing an Environmental-based GIS Laboratory; Modeling and Rheological Characterization of Goat Meat and Milk products; Developing a knowledge-based Expert System for Sheep and Goat Production; Developing a decision Support System for Meat Goat Production; Determining Sensory, Chemical and Textural Characteristics of Goat-based Sausages – A Comparison of Instrumental and Sensory Evaluations.

Contact Information

Office: P.O. Box 519; MS 2008, Prairie View, TX 77446
Phone: 936.261.5040

Recent Publications

Dzakuma, J.M. and E. Risch, 2002. Feed Intake and Efficiency Measurements in Goats. J. Anim. Sci. 80 (Suppl. 1)/J. Dairy Sci. Vol. 85, Suppl. 1. (192).

Dzakuma, J.M., E. Risch, N.C. Beckford, C.O. Smith, W.M. Thomas, P.M. Johnson, and S.E. Kom. 2002. Goat Production in Relation to Nutrition and Environmental Conditions. Proc. Scientific Conf. on Goats. Prairie View, Texas. Oct 28, 2002.

Risch, E., J.M. Dzakuma, P.M. Johnson and N.C. Beckford. 2003. Development of a Goat Growth Model. Proc. ARD 13th Biennial Research Symposium. Atlanta, GA. March 29 – April 2, 2003.

Mora-Gutierrez, A, A.J. Simmonds and E. Risch, 2004. Use of Bovine and Caprine Caseinophosphopeptides to Improve Gel Functionality of Pollock Surimi. IFT Annual Meeting. July 13-16, 2004. Las Vegas, USA.

Dzakuma, J.M., E. Risch, C.O. Smith and H.D. Blackburn, 2004. Level of feed intake on performance of two goat genotypes. South African Journal of Animal Science 2004, 34 (Supplement 1).

Risch, E. 2006. A Comparative Study of the Rheology of Ice Cream, Yogurt and Cream Cheese. ARD Biennial Research Symposium. Atlanta, GA April 1 – 5, 2007.

Risch, E., J. M. Dzakuma, P.M. Johnson and A.S. Hubbard. 2009. Modeling Goat Growth as a Function of Feed Intake. ARD Biennial Research Symposium Atlanta, GA March 28 – April 1, 2009.