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Professor Gary Wayne Garcia conferred with “Emeritus” title

For Release Upon Receipt - February 3, 2023

St. Augustine

Professor Emeritus Gary Wayne Garcia, Professor of Livestock Science, Faculty of Food and Agriculture at The UWI St Augustine Campus.

The UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. Friday 3rd February, 2023– The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the conferral of the title of Professor Emeritus of Livestock Science on Professor Gary Wayne Garcia of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture at the St Augustine campus. The title ‘Emeritus’ is an honorary title conferred on retired distinguished Professors who stay in active scholarship, following retirement.

Professor Gary Wayne Garcia retired as Professor of Livestock Science from The UWI in September 2019 after 29 years of sterling contribution. His many qualifications include a B.Sc. General Agriculture and Ph.D. Livestock Science, both from The UWI, St Augustine. His career as a Lecturer in Animal Production began in 1990 in the then Department of Livestock Science, Faculty of Agriculture, and since that time he also served as Coordinator of Animal Production Teaching at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Later, he also had the responsibilities as Livestock Operations Manager at the University Field Station (1991 to 1993) and, after several promotions he rose to the rank of Professor of Livestock Science in 2011.

As coordinator of Animal Production Teaching at the School of Veterinary Medicine from 1990 to 2019, Professor Garcia developed and taught the Animal Production and Utilization undergraduate courses therein. He was instrumental in developing several initiatives at the Faculty of Agriculture/Science and Agriculture/Food and Agriculture, including five postgraduate courses in Tropical Animal Production and developed the discipline and the concept of Neo-tropical Animal Science and Production.  Professor Garcia was influential in initiating Online Teaching Methodologies using Google Groups (since 2007) and Facebook Groups (since about 2014).

Professor Garcia introduced the “Future Vision Game Simulation Teaching Methodology” into the Livestock Courses within the Faculty of Food and Agriculture. He also developed the Open School of Tropical Animal Science and Production, and a website which has been running for the last 16 years and has been the main channel used by Professor Garcia to deliver his courses online.    

Profession Garcia has produced five books including one on Sugarcane Derived Feeds. His most recent publication was a paper in 2022 on "100 years of Teaching and Research in Agriculture at the ICTA-UCWI-UWI at St Augustine 1921 to 2021". He has pioneered publications on the Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina) and developed the Intensive Production System for this species of animal. Further, he developed an ongoing Intensive Production Colony of the Agouti at the University Field Station since 1996 and it is the largest Scientific Unit “living laboratory” of its kind in the world comprising of 150 animals.

Professor Garcia has developed for The UWI 3 Distance Courses, conceptualized and developed the M.Sc. in Tropical Animal Science and Production since 1995. He also supervised 35 M.Sc. research projects, four M.Phil. and seven Ph.D. theses. He has five ongoing Ph.D. research projects and has authored and coauthored more than 70 peer reviewed publications.

Professor Garcia’s service to The UWI was not limited to the academic. He is the founder of the Open Tropical Forage-Animal Production Laboratory [OTF-APL]and Co-founder of the Open School of Tropical Animal Science and Production [OSTASP]. In addition, he formed two non-governmental organizations including The Agricultural Multifunctionality Organization of the Caribbean [AMO Caribbean] and The XICIMFAUNA 2014 Conference. Professor Garcia is currently in the process of establishing another NGO (along with Dr Lancelot Cowie) called the Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean (CENLAC) 2022 which would deepen our linkages with Latin American Scientific Institutions.

The UWI St. Augustine Campus extends heartiest congratulations to Professor Emeritus Gary Wayne Garcia.


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