Maurice Pitesky, DVM, MPVM, DIpl. ACVPM
Dr. Pitesky is an Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Population Health & Reproduction at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His faculty appointment is in poultry health and food safety epidemiology. His primary research interests are in spatial and temporal epidemiology of avian diseases, food safety, and sustainability with respects to poultry production, with a special interest for alternative systems such as pastured raised flocks.
Please direct inquiries regarding the farm to Dr. Pitesky
Debbie Niemeier, PhD, PE
Dr. Niemeier is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the UC Davis Sustainable Design Academy. Her research interests are in the areas of sustainable pasture poultry, energy consumption and land use interactions. For the Pastured Poultry Farm, Dr. Niemeier and her team have designed and constructed a customized "eggmobile" enhancing ease of access for sanitation and egg collection while improving ventilation and other environmental challenges.
Alda Pires, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Dr. Pires is an Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension for Urban Agriculture and food safety in Population Health & Reproduction at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focuses on epidemiological methods to identify strategies to reduce the dissemination of foodborne pathogens in pre-harvest small farm environments and the spread of infectious disease in the food supply.
Roger Baldwin, PhD
Dr. Baldwin is an Associate Cooperative Extension Specialist within the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology at UC Davis. Dr. Baldwin’s focus is on human-wildlife conflict resolution and he conducts his research and extension program in agricultural, natural resource, and urban environments, with a special emphasis on mammalian species.
Pramod Pandey, PhD
Dr. Pandey is an Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension in microbiological waste at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on deriving engineering solutions (involving veterinarians, engineers, specialist, farm managers, and dairy farmers) for controlling microbial pathogens from animal waste.
Carine Elkhoraibi, MA, MS
During her graduate work at UC Davis in poultry behavior and welfare in Prof. Joy Mench's lab, Carine conducted a survey of backyard chicken flocks, which triggered her interest in alternative and pasture-raised poultry keeping. Her research interests are developing practical ways to improve animal welfare while securing farmers' revenues and disseminating best practices in pastured based systems.
Hannah is a fifth year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science. Her interests are primarily in poultry, with an emphasis on management and care of laying hens. Hannah is part of our husbandry team and is responsible for the daily maintenance of the UC Davis Pastured Poultry flock and welfare checks.
Nicole is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Animal Science. She is interested in animal health and welfare, and developed a passion for poultry through work with the UC Davis Pastured Poultry Farm. Nicole is part of our husbandry team and is responsible for tours and our social media.
Ruby is a fourth year undergraduate student studying civil engineering and construction management. She enjoys observing poultry behavior to further optimize coop structures for both the chickens and the husbandry team members. Ruby is part of our engineering team and is in charge of the maintenance and repair of the coops.
Jacqueline is currently a third year civil engineering major at UCD. Her interests pertaining to the project are coop design, structure, and stability. Jacqueline is part of both our engineering and husbandry teams.
Annie is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science. She is interested in shelter medicine, but enjoys working with a variety of animals. Annie is part of our husbandry team and helps with daily husbandry tasks such as feeding and egg collecting.