Maja Makagon

Maja Makagon

Position Title
Assistant Professor

Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2245 Meyer Hall

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

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Biology Graduate Group
  • Avian Sciences

Specialties / Focus

  • Animal Management and Welfare

Professional Societies

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


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