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Marisa A Erasmus

Animal Sciences 

  • Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences
CRTN Room 3036
270 S. Russell St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2041

Area of Expertise: Animal Behavior and Well-being

Education: B.S. and M.S., University of Guelph, Ontario; Ph.D., Michigan State University
Post-doctoral Training: Michigan State University

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As an extension specialist and teacher of animal well-being, Dr. Erasmus' goals are to address welfare challenges and inspire students to become interested in animal welfare and become engaged with the agricultural industry. In addition to teaching animal welfare at the university level, Marisa's extension and applied research activities are focused on generating science-based methods for objectively assessing and improving animal well-being and identifying individual animal characteristics that enable animals to cope under different circumstances. Marisa's extension activities further focus on generating and transferring information and providing training pertaining to animal well-being.

ANSC 40400 - Undergraduate Animal Welfare

Awards & Honors

(2019) Poultry Science Association Early Career Extension Award. Poultry Science Association.

(2019) Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.

Selected Publications

Erasmus, M. A., Lee, H., Kang, I., & Swanson, J. C. (2015). Fear responses and postmortem muscle characteristics of turkeys of twogenetic lines. Poultry Science, 94(9), 2018-2026. doi:10.3382/ps/pev208

Erasmus, M. A., & Swanson, J. (2014). Temperamental turkeys: Reliability of behavioural responses to fourtests of fear. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 157, 100-108. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2014.05.007

Erasmus, M. A., Karcher, D. M., Knobloch, N. A., & Karcher, E. L. (2019). Poultry in the classroom: effectiveness of an online poultry-science-based education program for high school STEM instruction. Poultry Science, 98(12), 6593-6601. doi:https://doi.org/10.3382/ps/pez491

Erasmus, M. A. (2013). Science, legislation and hen welfare. Veterinary Record, 172(16), 421-422. doi:10.1136/vr.f2372

Erasmus, M. A., Turner, P. V., Nykamp, S. G., & Widowski, T. M. (2010). Brain and skull lesions in turkeys resulting from non-penetratingcaptive bolt, cervical dislocation, cervical crushing and blunt trauma. Journal of Dairy Science, 93(1), 251-252.

Erasmus, M. A., Turner, P. V., Nykamp, S. G., & Widowski, T. M. (2010). Brain and skull lesions resulting from use of percussive bolt, cervicaldislocation by stretching, cervical dislocation by crushing and blunttrauma in turkeys. Veterinary Record, 167(22), 850-858. doi:10.1136/vr.c5051

Erasmus, M. A., Turner, P. V., & Widowski, T. M. (2010). Measures of insensibility used to determine effective stunning andkilling of poultry. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 19(3), 288-298. doi:10.3382/japr.2009-00103

Erasmus, M. A., Lawlis, P., Duncan, I. J., & Widowski, T. M. (2010). Using time to insensibility and estimated time of death to evaluate anonpenetrating captive bolt, cervical dislocation, and blunt trauma foron-farm killing of turkeys. Poultry Science, 89(7), 1345-1354. doi:10.3382/ps.2009-00445

Department of Animal Sciences, 270 S Russell Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4808

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