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Shawna L. Weimer

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Animal & Avian Sciences 3151 Animal Sciences Bldg 8127 Regents Drive College Park, MD 20742-2311

Expertise

  • Poultry Specialist
  • Human-Animal Relationships
  • Poultry Health

Education

Ph.D. - Poultry Science, University of Arkansas, 2017

M.S. - Animal Physiology, Specialization: Ethology, Iowa State University, 2012

B.S. -  Animal Science/Animal Ecology, Iowa State University, 2009

Research

Dr. Weimer's research and extension programs are geared towards the advancement and sustainability of the poultry industry through basic and field research to evaluate and improve animal welfare. The needs of Delmarva poultry industry key personnel and stakeholders are the drivers of Dr. Weimer's research interests. Current research in the Weimer lab is focused on the contribution of genetics and environment on the behavior and welfare of broiler chickens.

Current research projects include:

     Gut microbiome and immune response in 2 strains of broilers challenged with Salmonella 

     Evaluation of methods to humanely euthanize poultry

     Environmental enrichment impact on broiler behavior and leg health

     Automated and non-invasive methods to monitor health and behavior

Extension

Dr. Weimer works with poultry integrators and growers on identifying management practices to improve poultry welfare.

Dr. Weimer is a co-founder of the Poultry Extension Collaborative, a multi-university collaborative of poultry welfare extension experts. More information can be found here: https://www.poultry-welfare-extension.com/

Teaching

ANSC 262 - Commercial Poultry Management