PhD Candidate
(fall 2017 – present)
Animal Behavior Graduate Group

Office Location: 2418 Meyer Hall


Research Interests:
Allison’s research addresses developmental questions about the role of early housing experience on keel bone fracture risk, space use, spatial abilities and brain development in laying hens.  Her work examines whether providing hens with spatially complex environments during rearing may reduce their risk for developing keel bone fractures by preparing them to successfully navigate their adult housing environments (furnished cage and aviary systems).

Awards and Honors
Allison is the recipient of four scholarships from the Western Poultry Scholarship and Research Foundation (2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021), and has successfully competed twice (2018, 2020) for the Henry A. Jastro Research Award through the Animal Behavior Graduate Group, UC Davis. She has received a Hart, Cole, Goss Fellowship (2019), a Rosenburg Graduate Student Researcher Award (2018), and an Ursula Abbott Travel Award (2018) from the Department of Animal Science, UC Davis. She has also been awarded a conference travel award from UC Davis Graduate Studies (2021). She has been honored with the Western Poultry Scholarship and Research Foundation Graduate Student Poster Presentation Award (2018) and the Certificate of Excellence for the oral presentation she gave at the International Poultry Science Forum (2022)!  To help fund her final year of research, Allison received the UCD Graduate Research Award for Continuing Students, which she turned down after also receiving the prestigious Austin Eugene Lyons Fellowship from UC Davis.

Fun fact: When not working on research, Allison spends her time connecting to her West Virginia roots by learning how to play the banjo! One of her goals is to learn a song called “Cluck Old Hen”.