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After completing my undergraduate degree in animal science at the Pennsylvania State University in 2007, my interests shifted from becoming a veterinarian to instead attending graduate school. I completed my M.S. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2012 focusing on organic poultry nutrition and environmental management at the same university. For the next three years, I worked remotely from my home in Maryland as a freelance research consultant, writer/editor, and data manager for my former Ph.D. advisor while raising my four young children.

I began teaching biology labs and genetics labs at McDaniel in 2015 after learning about the position from a professor who was also in a mom's group in my town. I now have also started teaching a course on food science, animal/plant science, and nutrition. I always imagined I'd end up becoming a researcher at a company or large university, but I am so happy to have instead found my path to teaching and to McDaniel specifically. Although I was unfamiliar with liberal arts education prior to my time here, I have come to wholly admire and respect the well-rounded learning opportunities it gives to students. It is always exciting and rewarding to work and teach here.

Education

2012
Ph.D. in Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University
2009
M.S. in Animal Science, The Pennsylvania State University
2007
B.S. in Animal Bioscience, The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Poultry nutrition and environmental management

  • Organic and specialty market laying hen management

  • Egg quality management

Recent Courses

  • BIO 1117: Topic in Biology (Food science, animal science, and nutrition focused)

  • BIO 1101: Principles of Biology Lab (2 sections in Spring, 4 sections in Fall)

  • BIO 2203: Genetics Lab (2 sections in Spring)

Selected Publications

  • Burley, H. K. and P. H. Patterson. 2017. Brazil nut meal and spray-dried egg powders as alternatives to synthetic methionine in organic laying hen diets. Poult. Sci. 96:11:3994-4005.
  • Burley, H. K., P. H. Patterson, K. E. Anderson, and P. B. Tillman. 2016. Formulation challenges of organic poultry diets with readily available ingredients and limited synthetic methionine. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 25:3:443-454.

  • Burley, H. K., P. H. Patterson, and K. E. Anderson. 2016. Alternative feeding strategies and genetics for providing adequate methionine in organic poultry diets with limited use of synthetic amino acids. World Poult. Sci. J. 72:1:168-177.

  • Burley, H. K., P. H. Patterson, and K. E. Anderson. 2015. Alternative ingredients for providing adequate methionine in organic poultry diets with limited use of synthetic amino acids. World Poult. Sci. J. 71:3:493-504.

  • Burley, H. K. and C. L. Johnson. 2013. Market survey of quality and freshness of eggs produced under an enhanced hen nutrition and egg production program. J. Appl. Poult. Res. 22:929-933.

Clubs and community involvement

  • Presentation about chick embryology and eggs for 4th grade at Cranberry Station Elementary School in Westminster, MD (May 2019)

  • PTA President at Cranberry Station Elementary School in Westminster, MD (2015-2018)

  • Coaching assistant for poultry judging team in Carroll Country in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension (June-July 2016)

  • Guest speaker at poultry specialty 4H club meeting in Carroll County in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension – topics were: diets, grading, and niche market eggs (April 2016)

  • Presenter at STEM night at Cranberry Station Elementary School in Westminster, MD – interactive activities displayed to demonstrate what a poultry nutritionist does (April 2016)

Awards and Honors

  • The Cecil E. Howes Award of Excellence (Top Scoring Student at the 2010 National Egg Quality School)

  • Maurice Stein Graduate Fellowship

  • Glenn O. Bressler Memorial Award

  • John Danhouse Martz Jr. Scholarship

  • Shigley Memorial Pre-Veterinary Scholarship

  • Earl and Kay Harbaugh Scholarship in Agricultural Sciences

  • Gerald and Leoda Gummo Excellence Fund in Agriculture

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"Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions."

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