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’.

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

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