Maurice Ernest Pitesky

Maurice Ernest Pitesky

Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension

Population Health & Reproduction

4007 VM3B, Davis, CA 95616

California State License to Practice Veterinary Medicine
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM)
1996, BS, University of California, Los Angeles
2008, DVM, University of California, Davis
2009, MPVM, University of California, Davis
2018, BMEA Academy attendee, UC Davis,
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, Connecting the Dots between Social Media, Disease Modeling & Extension to Improve Preparation and Response to vND in Southern California, (Principal Investigator), USDA
Principal Investigator, Development of the CAlifornia Livestock Evacuation (CALE) Mobile App for Delivery of Emergency Response Resources for Backyard Livestock and Poultry , (Principal Investigator), CFAH
Principal Investigator, Decision Sciences & Web-Crawling to Understand Backyard Poultry & Gamefowl Owners’ Motivations & Modeling the Resulting Economic & Disease Effects During a vND Outbreak”, (Principal Investigator), CFAH
Principal Investigator, Real-time Waterfowl Mapping Web Application: Validating a Critical Tool for a New Era of Avian Surveillance and Food Security in Commercial Poultry, (Principal Investigator), USDA-NIFA
Co-Principal Investigator, Integrating Vegetable, Poultry and Cover Cropping to Enhance Resiliency in Organic Production Systems , Ajay Nair (Principal Investigator), USDA-OREI
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2017 Pitesky ME: Case #11: Marek’s Disease - Avian, Gershwin L, (ed), Case Studies in Veterinary Immunology , . .
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.
Research Focus
  • Application of classic and spatial epidemiology in disease surveillance, food safety management, and other processes associated with poultry health.
  • Application of computational linguists in the spatio-temporal relationship of poultry diseases
  • 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.
  • Utilizing Next Generation Sequencing to understand bacterial pathogenicity
  • Collaboration, communication, and outreach with stakeholders including commercial and backyard owners.
Specialty Focus
Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology
Ten Recent Publications

Ramsubeik S, Jerry C, Crossley B, Armién AG, Rejmanek D, Pitesky M, Shivaprasad HL, Stoute S
Analysis of diagnostic cases of turkey viral enteritis in commercial turkey poults in California

McDuie F, Matchett EL, Prosser DJ, Takekawa JY, Pitesky ME, Lorenz AA, McCuen MM, T OC, Ackerman JT, De La Cruz SEW, Casazza ML
Pathways for avian influenza virus spread: GPS reveals wild waterfowl in commercial livestock facilities and connectivity with the natural wetland landscape.

Acosta S, Chen R, Nhemaphuki S, Khanal D, Cadena M, Pitesky M, Erbstein N, Niemeier D
Assessing a pilot co-operative-based workshop-subsidy model toward improving small-scale chicken production in peri-urban Nepal.

Lee KY, Atwill ER, Pitesky M, Huang A, Lavelle K, Rickard M, Shafii M, Hung-Fan M, Li X
Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles of Non-typhoidal Salmonella From Retail Meat Products in California, 2018.