School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Mariana Ciacciariello

Lecturer

2000-2001 Master of Science in Agriculture (converted into a PhD Project).
Department of Animal & Poultry Science. University of Natal. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Thesis: ‘Effects of feed restriction and lighting programmes during the rearing and early laying period on reproductive performance of broiler breeder hens’

2002–2003 Doctor of Philosophy. Department of Animal & Poultry Science. University of Natal. Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Thesis: ‘The productive response of broiler breeder hens to lighting and growth manipulation during rearing’.

I am a Porteña by birth, born and bred in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came to South Africa in January 2000 to study towards my M.Sc. Agric and PhD in Poultry Nutrition at University of Natal. I was first trained as a Veterinarian at the University of Buenos Aires, but I had developed a passion for poultry nutrition and the best place to study further was here. After my studies I was offerd a position to lecture Monogastric Nutrition and Poultry Production at University of Stellenbosch, where I worked from 2004 to 2006. In July 2006 I joined the Department because of the excellent research facilities and the teaching approach used. My main interests are in nutritional and environmental factors that affect broiler breeder production. I have done plenty of work on this topic for my PhD and now I am going to focus my research on nutrient requirements and how different environmental factors will affect breeders’ metabolism and performance. These are very exiting times as I have finally set up my research programme together with being awarded an NRF rating for the first time.

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