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Joseph Bertrand

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department

Office: 147 Poole Ag Center
Phone: 864-656-5160


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Animal Breeding and Genetics
Iowa State University 1983

M.S. Animal Breeding and Genetics
Iowa State University 1981

B.S. Animal Science
University of Florida 1978


J. Keith Bertrand is currently a part-time Professor (25% appointment) in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department at Clemson University, where he will teach two courses per year. He was formerly Professor and Head of the Animal and Dairy Science Department at the University of Georgia.


Huang, C., S. Tsuruta, J. K. Bertrand, I. Misztal, T. J. Lawlor, and J.S. Clay. 2008. Environmental effects on conception rate of Holsteins in New York and Georgia. J. Dairy Sci. 91:818-825.
Robbins, K.R., W. Zhang, J.K. Bertrand, and R. Rekaya. 2008. The ant colony algorithm for feature selection in high dimension data. Mathematical Medicine and Biology 2008; doi: 10.1093/imammb/dqn001.
Sanchez, J.P., I. Misztal, I. Aguilar, and J.K. Bertrand. 2008. Genetic evaluation of growth in a multibreed beef cattle using random regression linear spline models. J. Anim. Sci. 86:267-277.
Sanchez, J.P., I. Misztal, J.K. Bertrand. 2008. Evaluation of methods for computing approximate accuracies of predicted breeding values in maternal random regression models for growth traits in beef cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 86:1057-1066.
Spangler, M.L., R.L. Sapp, J.K. Bertrand, M.D. MacNeil, and R. Rekaya. 2008. Different methods of selecting animals for genotyping to maximize the amount of genetic information known in the population. J. Anim. Sci. 86:2471-2479.
Huang, HC, S. Tsuruta, J.K. Bertrand, I. Misztal, T.J. Lawlor, and J.S. Clay. 2009. Trends for conception rate of Holsteins over time in the Southeastern United States. J. Dairy Sci. 92:4641-4647.
Spangler, M.L., K.R. Robbins, J.K. Bertrand, M.D. MacNeil, and R. Rekaya. 2009. Ant colony optimization as a method for strategic genotype sampling. Animal Genetics: 40:308-314.
Williams, J.L., I. Aguilar, R. Rekaya, and J. K. Bertrand. 2010. Estimation of breed and heterosis effects for growth and carcass traits in cattle using published crossbreeding studies. J. Anim Sci. 88:460-466.
Zhang, W., K. Robbins, Y. Wang, K. Bertrand, and R. Rekaya. 2010. A jackknife-like method for classification and uncertainty assessment of multi-category turmor samples using gene expression information. BMC Genomics 11:273-283.
Costa, R.B., I. Misztal, M.A. Elzo, J.K. Bertrand, L.O.C. Silva, and M. Lukaszewicz. 2011. Estimation of genetic parameters for mature weight in Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 89:2680-2686.
Rekaya, R., R.L. Sapp, E.H. Hay, R. Davis, and J. K. Bertrand. 2011. Simulation study for analysis of binary responses in the presence of extreme case. Gen. Sel. Evol. 43:41 (18 pages) [].
Robbins, K., K. Bertrand, and R. Rekaya. 2011. The use of the ant colony algorithm for the detection of marker associations in the presence of gene interactions. International Journal of Bioinformatics Research, 3:227-235.
London, M.L., J.K. Bernard, M.A. Froetschel, J.K. Bertrand, and W.M. Graves. 2012. The relationship between age, weight, and average daily gain to show performance of Georgia 4-H and FFA commercial dairy heifers. J. Dairy Sci. 95: 986-996.
Williams, J.L., J.K. Bertrand, I. Misztal and M. Lukaszewicz. 2012. Genotype by environment interaction for growth due to altitude in United States Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 90:2152-2158.
Williams, J.L, M. Lukaszewicz, J.K. Bertrand, and I. Misztal. 2012. Genotype by region and season interactions on weaning weight in United States Angus cattle. J. Anim Sci. 90: 3368-3374.
Lourenco, D.A.L., I. Misztal, H. Wang, I Aguilar, S. Tsuruta and J. K. Bertrand. 2013. Prediction accuracy for a simulated maternally affected trait of beef cattle using different genomic evaluation models. J. Anim. Sci. 91:4090-4098.
Tokuhisa, K., S. Tsuruta, A. DeVries, J.K. Bertrand, and I Misztal. 2014. Estimation of regional genetic parameters for mortality and 305-d milk yield of US Holsteins in the first 3 parities. J. Dairy Sci. 97:4497-4502.
White, D.S., K.J. Duberstein, J.L. Fain Bohlen, J.K. Bertrand, A.H. Nelson, M.A. Froetschel, B.E. Davidson, and W.M. Graves. 2015. Allometric comparison of Georgia dairy heifers on farms and at youth shows. J. Dairy Sci. 98:1-9.
Lourenco, D.A.L., S. Tsuruta, B. O. Fragomeni, Y. Masuda, I Aguilar, A. Legarra, J. K. Bertrand, D. Moser, and I Misztal. 2015. Genomic evaluation using single-step genomic BLUP in American Angus J. Anim. Sci. 93:2653-2662.
Lukaszewicz, M., R. Davis, J. K. Bertrand, I. Misztal, and S. Tsuruta. 2015. Correlations between purebred and crossbred body weight traits in Limousin and Limousin-Angus populations. J. Anim. Sci. 93:1490-1493.
Bradford, H., B.O. Fragomeni., J. K. Bertrand, D.A.L. Lourenco, and I. Misztal. 2016. Regional and seasonal analyses of weights in growing Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 94:4369-4375.
Bradford, H., B.O. Fragomeni., J. K. Bertrand, D.A.L. Lourenco, and I. Misztal. 2016. Genetic evaluations for growth heat tolerance in Angus cattle. J. Anim. Sci. 94:4143-4150.