Maja Makagon

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Assistant Professor


Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Offices and Labs

2245 Meyer Hall
(530) 752-9419


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

Research Interests

Applied Animal Behavior - Poultry

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

Department and Center Affiliations

Dept. Animal Science


International Society for Applied Ethology
Poultry Science Association
World's Poultry Association

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Animal Behavior

Specialties / Focus

Animal Behavior
  • Animal Management and Welfare

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Animal Biology Graduate Group
Avian Sciences