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Maurice Ernest Pitesky- BS, MS, DVM, MPVM
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 and 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 poultry production, the environment, and food safety.

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

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


1996 BS Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
1999 MS Agriculture, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
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

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2009 Pitesky ME, Stackhouse KR, Mitloehner FM Clearing the Air: Livestock's Contribution to Climate Change Advances in Agronomy,
  • 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 Journal of Analytical Chemistry,
  • Link Icon 2005 Plomp M, Leighton TJ, Wheeler KE, Pitesky ME, Malkin AJ Book Chapter: 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 Applied Environmental Microbiology,
  • 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 Journal of Analytical Chemistry,
  • Link Icon 2004 Russell SC, Czerwieniec G, Lebrilla C, Tobias H, Fergenson DP, Steele P, Pitesky ME, Horn J, Srivastava A, Frank M, Gard EE Toward Understanding the Ionization of Biomarkers from Micrometer Particles by Bio-Aerosol Mass Spectrometry J Am Soc Mass Spectrom,
  • Link Icon 2004 Fergenson DP, Pitesky ME, Tobias HJ, Steele PT, Czerwieniec GA, Russell SC, Lebrilla CB, Horn JM, Coffee KR, Srivastava A, Pillai SP, Shih M-T P, Hall HL, Ramponi AJ, Chang JT, Langlois RG, Estacio PL, Hadley RT, Frank M, Gard EE Reagentless Detection and Classification of Individual Bioaerosol Particles in Seconds Journal of Analytical Chemistry,
  • Link Icon 2003 Steele PT, Tobias HJ, Fergenson DP, Pitesky ME, Horn JM, Czerwieniec G, Russell S, Lebrilla C, Gard EE, Frank M Laser Power Dependence of Mass Spectral Signatures from Individual Bacterial Spores in Bioaerosol Mass Spectrometry Journal of Analytical Chemistry,
  • Link Icon 2003 McBride M, Gammon S, Pitesky M, O’Brien T, Smith T, Aldrich J, Langlois R, Colston B, Venkateswaran K Multiplexed Liquid Arrays for Simultaneous Detection of Simulants of Biological-Warfare Agents Journal of Analytical Chemistry,

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: State of the Art in Characterizing Threats: Non-DNA methods for Biological Signatures, , Microbial Forensics. .