Maja M. Makagon

Maja M. Makagon

Maja M. Makagon, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

Phone: +1 530-979-9419
FAX: +1 530-752-0175


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

Research Interest

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.

Lab Website

For detailed information about my research program please visit the Makagon Lab website:

Graduate Groups

If you are interested in pursuing graduate research under my supervision please explore the two programs listedbelow and contact me to discuss current graduate research opportunities in the lab. 

Animal Biology
Animal Behavior