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Below are all of the individuals who have served as Editor-in-Chief of Poultry Science®. Individuals are listed from most recent to the start of publication.
Robert L. Taylor, Jr.
2016 - Present
While on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Taylor joined the multistate research project “Genetic Bases for Resistance and Immunity to Avian Diseases” and was appointed to the National Animal Germplasm Program Poultry Committee, including a term as chair. His research has produced over 200 publications and abstracts. A PSA member since 1978, Dr. Taylor also holds memberships in the World's Poultry Science Association, the American Association of Immunologists, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Since 2014, Dr. Taylor has been a professor at West Virginia University’s Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences, serving as Division Director from 2014 to 2018. He was named a PSA Fellow in 2015.
Tom E. Porter
Dr. Porter has conducted research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, and an associate professor, professor, and department chair at the University of Maryland. He has served the Poultry Science Association for more than 25 years as an editor and committee member and is the author of more than 200 scientific papers, book chapters, reviews, and abstracts. Dr. Porter's accomplishments have been recognized with various awards from the University of Maryland as well as the Research Award and the Embrex Fundamental Science Award from the Poultry Science Association. He was named a PSA Fellow in 2016.
Colin G. Scanes
Originally from London, Dr. Scanes has been a lecturer at the University of Leeds (UK), a professor and department chair at Rutgers University, and a professor and administrator at Iowa State University. Over his career, Dr. Scanes has been a major professor to dozens of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, with research focusing on the biology of growth, metabolism, and reproduction in chickens and turkeys. He has published extensively with many papers, chapters, and books to his credit. Dr. Scanes has received numerous awards for services to agriculture together with research and teaching, and he was named a PSA Fellow in 2002. He has also served on several PSA committees.
Dr. Siegel joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1957, when it was still known as the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. His research and teaching have focused on the effects of selection on growth, reproduction, and immunology of chickens. Dr. Siegel has published more than 400 journal articles, books, chapters, and reviews involving the role of genetics on nutrition, disease, immunology, physiology, and behavior of poultry. He was inducted into the American Poultry Industry Hall of Fame in 2010.
Karl E. Nestor
Dr. Nestor joined the faculty of The Ohio State University in 1965 and became a professor in 1978. He authored or co-authored hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific publications, abstracts, and semi-scientific popular press articles during his career. Dr. Nestor has received numerous awards including the National Turkey Federation Research Award and the Merck Award for Achievement in Poultry Science. During his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, Poultry Science added two sections (Immunology and Molecular Biology) to adapt the journal to a growing emphasis on basic science and changed the name of the Marketing and Products section to Processing and Products to more accurately reflect the scope of manuscripts submitted. Dr. Nestor was named a PSA Fellow in 1992.
Hebert S. Siegel
Dr. Siegel was the owner-manager of a commercial egg farm, a faculty member at Virginia Tech, a researcher with the USDA—during which time he received the Poultry Science Research Award—and finally a department head at Pennsylvania State University. The author or co-author of over 80 interdisciplinary scientific papers, Dr. Siegel's most important contributions were in stress physiology and disease resistance. His early investigations of adrenal function were incisive and helped set the standards for subsequent research. Dr. Siegel was named a PSA Fellow in 1987.
William E. Shaklee
During Dr. Shaklee’s long career as a poultry scientist at the USDA, he authored or coauthored 48 scientific articles and organized and conducted numerous reviews of poultry research programs at agricultural stations. He served as an associate editor of the World's Poultry Science Association journal and, following the death of long-time Poultry Science Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Hugh Branion in 1977, assumed that role as Dr. Branion’s successor. During his term as EIC, the publication schedule shifted from bimonthly to monthly, and the format was extensively modified. Dr. Shaklee was named a PSA Fellow in 1983.
Hugh D. Branion
Dr. Branion was the first head of Ontario Agricultural College’s Department of Animal Nutrition. During World War II, he advised the Royal Canadian Air Force on nutritional and messing problems, also serving overseas in the R.C.A.F. through the end of the war in England and the Netherlands. He was made an Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau for his contribution to the rehabilitation of the Dutch people during and following the German occupation. He authored or co-authored more than 70 scientific papers in nutrition and served as a Director of the Poultry Science Association. He was named a PSA Fellow in 1952 and was a member of the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Nutrition Research Council, the World's Poultry Science Association, and numerous other societies.
R. George Jaap
Dr. Jaap served as a faculty member in the poultry science departments of Oklahoma State University and The Ohio State University. He authored or coauthored 99 peer-reviewed scientific publications and numerous abstracts on poultry genetics and breeding. Dr. Jaap was named a PSA Fellow in 1959, and served as Director, Vice President, and President of PSA in the early 1960s. He served the WPSA as a council member, Editor of the World's Poultry Science Journal, and Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. Dr. Jaap was inducted into the American Poultry Historical Society Poultry Hall of Fame in 1977 and selected for the International Poultry Hall of Fame in 1992.
Dean R. Marble
Dr. Marble was best known as a professor of poultry science at Cornell University, where he was engaged in teaching for many years and oversaw the New York Random Sample Tests. Prior to his time at Cornell, Dr. Marble operated his own poultry farm, and was connected with the Creighton Brothers Poultry Breeding Farm in Indiana. He also served on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University from 1930 to 1944. In addition to the Poultry Science Association, he was also a member the World's Poultry Science Association.
Gustave F. Heuser
Dr. Heuser taught and researched poultry nutrition at Cornell University for many years. He authored the textbook Feeding Poultry (1946), as well as more than 200 scientific papers, and was named a PSA Fellow in 1946. Dr. Heuser also served as secretary-treasurer of the World's Poultry Science Association and editor of the World's Poultry Science Journal. Heuser was also a member of the American Poultry Science Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Association of University Professors, and served on the College Poultry Feed Conference Board.
J. Holmes Martin
Over the course of his career, Dr. Martin headed the poultry departments of the University of Kentucky and Purdue University, directed the U.S. Regional Poultry Research Laboratory at East Lansing, and served as a poultry breeding consultant to DeKalb Agricultural Research, an official delegate of two World Poultry Congresses, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Poultry Science Association. He was a coauthor of the textbook Turkey Management (1939) and over 80 poultry publications, as well as an advisor to many national and international poultry organizations. He was named a PSA Fellow in 1950, and his portrait was placed in the Poultry Hall of Fame in Beltsville, Maryland in 1971.
Leslie E. Card
Dr. Card was one of the first people in the United States to earn a doctorate in poultry husbandry. He was named a PSA Fellow in 1940, and later headed the Animal Science Department at the University of Illinois. Dr. Card authored or coauthored three books, including the influential textbook Poultry Production (1933), as well as many bulletins and technical articles. He served as an official delegate of two World Poultry Congresses and was a member of the American Poultry Historical Society, the World's Poultry Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, and the American Farm Research Association. A longstanding member of PSA, Card served as its President, Vice President, and Director.
Harry R. Lewis
Dr. Lewis was the author of the textbook Productive Poultry Husbandry (1914) and served as head of the Poultry Department of New Jersey State University, thereby having a significant influence on the development of New Jersey’s poultry industry. He conceived and inaugurated the first Egg Laying and Breeding Contest in America, and served as an early Secretary-Treasurer of what is now the Poultry Science Association. In addition to PSA, Dr. Lewis was an active member of many national production and scientific organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Animal Production, and the American Genetic Association.
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