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Maurice Ernest Pitesky- DVM, MPVM, Dipl ACVPM
Lecturer and Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Population Health & Reproduction

4007 VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 3215


Research Focus

• Application of classic and spatial epidemiology in disease surveillance, food safety management, and other processes associated with poultry health.

• Interface of science and policy with respect to food safety and public health.

• Application of 'One-Health' principles with respect to domestic poultry, wildlife, the environment, and food safety.

• Composting and other value-added treatments for spent hens, and poultry litter for management of mortality and disease.

• Utilizing Next Generation Sequencing to understand bacterial pathogenicity

• Collaboration, communication, and outreach with stakeholders including commercial and backyard owners.


1996 BS Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
2008 DVM Veterinary Medicine: Mixed Tract (Food Animal/Small Animal/Equine), University of California, Davis
2009 MPVM Life Cycle Analysis of livestock production systems with respect to antropogenic Greenhouse Gas emis, University of California, Davis

Honors and Awards

2012 Certificate of Merit, CDFA, Involved in response to poultry welfare incident
2004 Spot Award, LLNL, Award for education outreach associated with ‘Microbiology boot camp’
2004 Spot Award, LLNL, Award for leading field deployment to CDC for stimulant testing
2000 Most Outstanding Graduate Thesis
1999 Second Place in Graduate Student Paper Competition


Boarded Dipl. ACVPM
California state license to practice veterinary medicine

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Pitesky ME, Gunasekara A, Cook C, Mitloehner F Adaptation of agricultural and food systems to a changing climate and increased urbanization Curr Sustainable Renewable Energy Rep ,
  • Link Icon 2014 Pitesky ME, Chin R, Carnaccini S, Senties-Cué, Charlton BR, Woolcock P, Shivaprasad HL Spatial and temporal epidemiology of infectious laryngotracheitis in central California: 2000-2012 Avian Dis,
  • Link Icon 2014 Elkhoraibi C, Blatchford RA, Pitesky ME, Mench JA Backyard chickens in the United States: A survey of flock owners Poult Sci,
  • Link Icon 2013 Pitesky ME, Cataline K, Crossley B, Poulos M, Ramos G, Willoughby D, Woolcock P, Cutler G, Bland M, Tran J, Jackwood D, Allen L, Breitmeyer R, Whiteford A, Forsythe K, Centies-Cue CG, Charlton B Historical, spatial, temporal, and time-space epidemiology of very virulent infectious bursal disease in California: A retrospective study 2008-2011 Avian Dis,
  • Link Icon 2013 Pitesky ME, Charlton B, Bland M, Rolfe D Surveillance of Salmonella enteritidis in layer houses: A retrospective comparison of the food and drug administration's egg safety rule (2010-2011) and the California Egg Quality Assurance Program (2007-2011) Avian Dis,
  • Link Icon 2009 Pitesky ME, Stackhouse KR, Mitloehner FM Clearing the air: Livestock's contribution to climate change Adv Agron,
  • Link Icon 2005 Steele PT, Srivastava A, Pitesky ME, Fergenson DP, Tobias HJ, Gard EE, Frank M Desorption/ionization fluence thresholds and improved mass spectral consistency measured using a flattop laser profile in the bioaerosol mass spectrometry of single Bacillus endospores J Anal Chem,
  • Link Icon 2005 Plomp M, Leighton TJ, Wheeler KE, Pitesky ME, Malkin AJ Bacillus atrophaeus outer spore coat assembly and ultrastructure Langmuir,
  • Link Icon 2005 Tobias HJ, Schafer MP, Pitesky M, Fergenson DP, Horn J, Frank M, Gard EE Bioaerosol mass spectrometry for rapid detection of individual airborne Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Ra particles Appl Environ Res,
  • Link Icon 2005 Srivastava A, Pitesky ME, Steele PT. Tobias HJ, Fergenson DP, Horn JM, Russell SC, Czerwieniec GA, Lebrilla CB, Gard EE, Frank M Comprehensive assignment of mass spectral signatures from individual Bacillus atrophaeus spores in matrix-free laser desorption/ionization bioaerosol mass spectrometry J Anal Chem,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2005 Schaldach CM, Bench G, DeYoreo JJ, Esposito T, Ferreira J, Gard EE, Grant P, Horn J, Huser T, Kashgarian M, Knezovich J, Lane S, Pitesky ME, Talley C, Woods B, Jen Wu K, Velsko SP: Chapter 13: Non-DNA methods for biological signatures, Breeze RG, Budowle B, Schutzer SE, (ed), Microbial Forensics. 251-94, IV-VI.