M.SC. by thesis student
I am originally from Michigan and have had an interest in animal behavior since my first year of high school when I did my first clumsy animal behavior experiment involving all my friends' pets. I went on to major in Animal Science at Michigan State University and during my final year in undergrad, I had the opportunity to work in MSU's Animal Behavior and Welfare Group as a student research assistant. This allowed me to conduct two of my own research projects involving swine feeding behavior and pig-human interactions.
I am now working as a Masters by Thesis student under Dr. Tina Widowski, focusing on how stocking density of layer pullets impacts their growth, uniformity, feeding behavior, and egg production in commercial systems. One of my trials took place at a commercial farm in a barn with standard rearing cages and now I am currently running a trial in the combi-cage system at the Arkell Research Station. This research is important since there is currently no science behind stocking density regulations for pullets so producers have no scientific evidence on which to base their stocking density decisions. We hope that this study can shed some light on what stocking density is actually best for pullet production and welfare.