Getting to Know . . . Sam Garcia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Manager
Food Product and Safety Lab
School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
University of Arizona
Dr. Samuel Garcia is originally from Southern Arizona and comes from a cattle ranching family. Dr. Garcia attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 2013 with a PhD in Animal Science specializing in Meat Science. He currently serves as a faculty member in the UA School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. As an Assistant Professor of Practice, at the University of Arizona, Dr. Garcia teaches various courses in the area of Animal Science. The courses taught by Dr. Garcia range from intro level courses to advanced senior level courses. In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Arizona, he is an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College. Dr. Garcia also holds the position of Manager of the UA Food Product and Safety Lab. Dr. Garcia directly assists in harvesting, fabrication and processing, and the sale of meat animals. This position allows him the opportunity to interact with and educate rural producers and community members on meat science and harvesting/processing procedures. Dr. Garcia is pleased to serve our rural Arizona community.
- Born in: Douglas, AZ
- Childhood hero: Dad
- Current hero: Dad
- Contribution to the Flagstaff community: Knowledge
- Books you recently enjoyed: Food Evolution — more of a documentary kind of guy
- Favorite hobbies: Ranch work (cattle and horses)
- Favorite Western: Young Guns 1 and 2
- Favorite Western-wear item: Felt Hats
- Favorite ranch recipe: Tortillas
- Fondest outdoor memory: Eating Organ pipe fruit as the sun is coming up after a night rain.
- Favorite college class: Environmental Physiology