Joy Mench

Joy A. Mench

Joy A. Mench, Ph.D.
Professor of Animal Science
and Vice Chair

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

Phone: +1 530-752-7125
FAX: +1 530-752-0175


B.S., Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, 1976.
Ph.D., Ethology and Neurobiology, University of Sussex, Falmer, Sussex, England, 1983.

Research Interest

Research in my laboratory focuses on the assessment and improvement of animal welfare. I am particularly interested in developing environmental enrichment strategies for small laboratory animals (rodents, rabbits) and captive/domesticated birds. In addition, I conduct behavioral research on poultry (chickens, quail, ducks) directed toward improving aspects of their housing, handling, and management.

Graduate Groups

Avian Sciences
Animal Behavior