Colt Knight

Colt KnightAssistant Professor of Extension — State Livestock Specialist
5735 Hitchner Hall, Rm 133, Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2953

Colt grew up in a coal mining family in West Virginia where they also operated a small family farm and show horse stable. During academic breaks and between schools, he worked in strip mines across the country. Colt earned his B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky, M.S. in Animal Science at Angelo State University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Arizona in 2006, 2012, and 2016, respectively. In fall of 2016, he worked on a post doc with Dr. Derek Bailey at New Mexico State University. Recently, Colt started work as an Assistant Professor of Extension – State Livestock Specialist for the University of Maine.

Colt’s graduate work has focused on range land ecology, the utilization of livestock as a cultural/biological control, cow herd efficiency as it relates intake, reproduction, longevity and grazing behavior. Also, he has worked to develop lower cost GPS tracking collars and ways to analyze tracking data.


  • Post Doctoral Fellow-New Mexico State University, 2016
  • Ph.D., Animal Science-University of Arizona, 2016
  • M.S., Animal Science-Angelo State University, 2012
  • B.S., Animal Science-University of Kentucky, 2006

Professional Organizations:

  • American Society of Animal Science
  • Society for Range Management