Department of Poultry Science

Department website: http://posc.tamu.edu/

Head: Dr. Audrey McElroy

Graduate Advisors: Dr. Morgan Farnell

Continual growth in the poultry industry increases the need for technical knowledge in the various fields of science needed for a successful poultry business. In no field of agriculture is an understanding of the fundamental and applied sciences more marketable or more rewarding than in the modern intensive production of poultry meat and eggs. Because the bird is the basis for the department’s graduate program, additional areas of interest include exotic and wildlife species as well as cellular and molecular studies using avian models. A major objective of the department is to offer training for work in research, teaching, extension or industrial operations. We also strive to bridge the gap in both directions between courses in fundamental biochemistry, genetics, physiology and economics and their practical application to the production of poultry and the care of all avian species.

The department offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Agriculture (traditional and online), Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In addition to a major in poultry science, students may pursue majors through many intercollegiate faculties including nutrition, food science and technology, and genetics. Faculty expertise exists for study in genetics, reproduction, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, environment, management, microbiology, processing and marketing for all commercially-important species. The faculty are also actively involved in many of these disciplines for other avian species and in the pursuit of basic cellular and molecular knowledge.

Athrey, Giridhar N, Associate Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2009

Bailey, Christopher A, Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1982

Berghman, Luc R, Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, University of Leuven, Belgium, 1987

Carey, John B, Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, Kansas State University, 1982

Farnell, Morgan B, Associate Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2003

Farnell, Yuhua Z, Instructional Assistant Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 2002

McElroy, Audrey, Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1998

Walzem, Rosemary L, Professor
Poultry Science
PHD, University of California at Davis, 1987