MAJA2015Maja M. Makagon

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

University of California, Davis


Office Location: 2245 Meyer Hall

Office Phone: 530.752.9419


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  • B.A.:   University of Virginia, 2001 (Biology)
  • M.A.:   Cornell University, 2005 (Psychology)
  • Ph.D.:  University of California Davis, 2010 (Animal Behavior)


Research Interests:

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.  A common goal of this work is to develop strategies to help minimize behavior-related poultry management issues while optimizing bird welfare and production.