Equine Welfare and Management in Poland
Originally from Poland, Dr. Maja Makagon earned a bachelor’s degree in general biology from the University of Virginia (2001), a master’s degree in psychology from Cornell University (2005), and a PhD (2010) in Animal Behavior from the University of California, Davis. She completed post-doctoral training in the Animal Behavior and Welfare Group in the Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, and spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University. In 2015 she returned to the University of California, Davis, as a member of the faculty in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. Makagon takes an integrative approach to research, drawing from theoretical and applied perspectives and methodologies in animal behavior to find solutions to issues in modern poultry production systems. Her research program centers on the ways in which poultry perceive and interact with their environments, and the implications these interactions have on poultry management, well-being and productivity. Her teaching responsibilities include serving as the lead instructor for Animal Welfare (ANS 103) and Ethics of Animal Use (ANS 170).
A Message to Students and Parents
My passion for providing students with unique, international learning opportunities is a reflection of my own international experiences, which include attending schools in both Poland and the US, and working and studying abroad. A recent NAFTA report highlighted that most students who travel abroad limit their travels to countries of Western Europe. I am extremely excited to be able to offer students the opportunity to experience, immerse and learn in a place which they may not otherwise visit. On a personal level, I am humbled to have the opportunity to share with students my culture, and home country.
What Students Are Saying
- “Maja was incredibly kind, knowledgeable of the culture and the subject, and helpful in every way. She communicated well and got us thinking in different ways so we could expand our welfare knowledge.”
- “This program was one of the best experiences of my life.”
- “Definitely a fun and meaningful trip! Would 100% join/visit again.”
- “Professor Makagon was amazing and I feel so lucky to have been a part of her program. She was great at both navigating students in the classroom & in the field."
- “She taught us so much and was so dedicated to us/the program. She was our instructor, but also our second mother & adventure buddy and I am so thankful.”