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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
mepitesky@ucdavis.edu

   

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.

Education

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

Licenses

Boarded Dipl. ACVPM
California state license to practice veterinary medicine

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Understanding the Risk of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in Small Pasture Based Poultry Operations that are Exempt from SE Environmental Testing, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis: Center for Food Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Risk Mapping of Avian Influenza (AI) Reservoirs in Waterfowl in Order to Characterize the Spatial-Temporal Risk of AI in Commercial Poultry , (Principal Investigator), UC Davis: Center for Food Animal Health

Principal Investigator, UC Davis Pastured Poultry Farm , (Principal Investigator), ANR

Principal Investigator, Waterfowl and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI): Spatio-Temporal Risk Mapping of HPAI in the Central Valley of California , (Principal Investigator), ANR

Principal Investigator, UC Davis Core Facility , (Principal Investigator),

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: A cooperative approach to animal disease response activities: Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and vvIBD in California poultry 2015 Saito EK, Shea S, Jones A, Ramos G, & Pitesky ME A cooperative approach to animal disease response activities: Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and vvIBD in California poultry Prev Vet Med,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Validation of single and pooled manure drag swabs for the detection of Salmonella ser Enteritidis in commercial poultry house 2015 Kinde H, Goodluck HA, Pitesky ME, Friend TD, Campbell JA, Hill AE. Validation of Single and Pooled Manure Drag Swabs for the Detection of Salmonella ser Enteritidis in Commercial Poultry Houses Validation of single and pooled manure drag swabs for the detection of Salmonella ser Enteritidis in commercial poultry house Avian Dis,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Adaptation of agricultural and food systems to a changing climate and increased urbanization 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 ,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Spatial and temporal epidemiology of infectious Laryngotracheitis in central California: 2000-2012 2014 Pitesky ME, Chin RP, Carnaccini SC, Sentíes–Cué G, Charlton B, Woolcock PR, Shivaprasad HL Spatial and temporal epidemiology of infectious Laryngotracheitis in central California: 2000-2012 Avian Dis,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Backyard chickens in the United States: A survey of flock owners 2014 Elkhoraibi C, Blatchford RA, Pitesky ME, Mench JA Backyard chickens in the United States: A survey of flock owners Poult Sci,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Historical, spatial, temporal, and time-space epidemiology of very virulent infectious bursal disease in California: A retrospective study 2008-2011 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,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: 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) 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,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Clearing the air: Livestock's contribution to climate change 2009 Pitesky ME, Stackhouse KR, Mitloehner FM Clearing the air: Livestock's contribution to climate change Adv Agron,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Desorption/ionization fluence thresholds and improved mass spectral consistency measured using a flattop laser profile in the bioaerosol mass spectrometry of single Bacillus endospores 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,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Bacillus atrophaeus outer spore coat assembly and ultrastructure 2005 Plomp M, Leighton TJ, Wheeler KE, Pitesky ME, Malkin AJ Bacillus atrophaeus outer spore coat assembly and ultrastructure Langmuir,

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.