MAJA2015Maja M. Makagon

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science

University of California, Davis

 

Office Location: 2245 Meyer Hall

Office Phone: 530.752.9419

Email: mmakagon@ucdavis.edu

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/majamakagon

 

Education:

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

 

Research:

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.

Teaching:

I am currently a lead instructor for the winter quarter offering of Animal Welfare (ANS 103)  and the spring offering of Ethics of Animal Use (ANS 170). Staring in the summer of 2018, I will lead a Seminars Abroad Program in Poland entitled “Equine Welfare and Management” (https://studyabroad.ucdavis.edu/programs/seminarsabroad/poland.html). The program is possible through a collaboration with faculty at the Rzeszow University.