Richard Blatchford, Ph.D.
My research focus is on the husbandry, behavior, and welfare of small to large scale poultry production. I am particularly interested in understanding the challenges facing small scale and backyard poultry flocks as well as the impacts of housing systems on poultry health and welfare on large scale facilities. I am also interested in developing on farm assessment tools for producers to monitor the health and welfare of their own flocks.
YeunShin Lee, Ph.D
I am interested in the intersect between conservation of endangered species in captivity and animal welfare.
Joy Mench, Ph.D.
I retired in 2016 and no longer have an active research program. However, I continue to serve as a consultant to a variety of private and non-governmental organizations to help them develop standards and auditing/training programs for the housing and care of animals, with a focus on poultry.
Kristina Horback, Ph.D.
A primary objective of my lab is to investigate whether species-specific personality traits influence how an animal copes with stress (e.g. health, stereotypy) and how an animal expresses its internal state (e.g. fear, pain, or pleasure) in order to enhance animal-based measurements of welfare. Knowledge of individual differences in personality may allow animal caretakers to gauge social compatibility, customize environmental enrichment, and identify individuals more susceptible or resilient to environmental or social stress.
Maja Makagon, Ph.D.
My research program focuses on interplay between the behavior, welfare and management of poultry, including ducks, turkeys, laying hens and broilers. My lab focuses on 3 topic areas: 1) assessing the effects of the physical and social environments on bird behavior, 2) evaluating the relationship between behavior and bone integrity, and 3) developing and validating practical, species-specific welfare assessment measures.
Cassandra Tucker, Ph.D.
Research in my laboratory focuses on assessment and improvement of cattle welfare. I am particularly interested in how the behavior and physiology of cattle changes in response to controversial procedures (e.g. tail docking, disbudding), management decisions (e.g. stocking density), and housing design (e.g. type and quantity of free-stall bedding, effects of inclement weather).
Jason Watters, Ph.D.
My research interests include animal behavior, animal welfare, conservation behavior, behavioral assays of animal welfare, environmental enrichment for zoo and aquarium animals, and its impact on zoo-goers.