Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Darin Bennett, Ph.D.

Dr. Darin Bennett

Office:  Bldg 10, Rm 136

Phone:  (805) 756-2440




  • B.S.  Zoology - University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • M.S.  Avian Nutrition - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Ph.D.  Comparative Avian Physiology - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Research and Interests:

Dr. Darin Bennett completed his bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Guelph. He attended graduate school at the University of British Columbia, where he received a MSc in avian nutrition with Dr. Leslie Hart, and a PhD in comparative avian physiology with Dr. Maryanne Hughes. He was awarded a Post-doctoral Scholarship to study avian nutrition with Dr. Yutaka Karasawa at Shinshu University in Japan.  He returned to the University of British Columbia to work as a Research Associate with Dr. Kim Cheng in the Avian Research Centre, where his research focused on projects that aided the growth and development of the specialty birds industry in British Columbia.  His research has included most of species of poultry used for commercial production in North America, including chickens (broilers, layers), ratites (Ostriches, Emus), ducks, quail, and pigeons.

In 2012, he was awarded the American Egg Board Research Award for a paper on the effect of diatomaceous earth on parasite load and egg production of free-range laying hens.

Dr. Bennett’s current research and teaching interests focuses on sustainable poultry production, and comparative avian physiology and nutrition.  He is a member of the Poultry Science Association.


Selected Publications:

Menon DG, Bennett DC, Schaefer AM, Cheng KM (2014) Carcass yields and meat quality characteristics of adult emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) transported for six hours before slaughter. Meat Science 98:240-246.

Bejaei M, Bennett DC, Schaefer AM, Cheng KM (2014) Effects of pre-transport nutrient supplementation and transport duration on the post-transport blood biochemistry, body weight and welfare of ostriches. Animal Welfare 23:209-217.

Menon DG, Bennett DC, Schaefer AM, Cheng KM (2014) Transportation stress and the incidence of exertional rhabdomyolysis in emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae). Poultry Science 93:273-284.

Bennett DC, Tun HM, Kim JE, Leung FC, Cheng KM (2013) Characterization of the cecal microbiota of the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae). Veterinary Microbiology166:304-310.

Varon O, Allen KJ, Bennett DC, Mesak LR, Scaman CH (2013) Purification and characterization of tinamou egg white ovotransferrin as an antimicrobial agent against foodborne pathogenic bacteria.  Food Research International 54:1836-1842.

Menon DG, Bennett DC, Schaefer AM, Cheng KM (2013) Hematological and serum biochemical profile of farm emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) at the onset of their breeding season.  Poultry Science 92: 935-944.

Kim JE, Leung FC, Jiang J, Kwok AHY, Bennett DC, Cheng KM (2013) Expressed sequence tags analysis of the Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) pituitary by 454 GS Junior pyrosequencing.  Poultry Science 92: 90-96.

Bennett DC, Cheng KM (2012) Ivermectin residues in squabs.  Poult Sci 91:2808-2811.

Bennett DC, Kaneko A, Karasawa Y (2012) Maintenance requirements for nitrogen of adult female ostriches (Struthio camelus).  Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 96: 600-609.

Bennett DC, Yee A, Rhee Y-J, and Cheng KM (2011) Effect of diatomaceous earth on parasite load, egg production and egg quality of free-range organic laying hens. Poultry Science 90:1416-1426.

Bennett DC, Cheng KM (2010) Selenium enrichment of table eggs. Poultry Science 89:2166-2172.

Cheng KM, Bennett DC, Mills AD (2009) Chapter 42. The Japanese quail. In: UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory Animals, 9th edn. (ed. R. Hurbrecht). Blackwell Science Ltd, London.

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