Daniel Lake Fletcher, University of Georgia, Athens, earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida, majoring in zoology, food science and poultry science/food science, respectively. He joined the faculty of the Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, as an assistant professor in 1977.
He was named an associate professor in 1984 and full professor in 1990. He is currently head of the Animal Science Department at the University of Connecticut (USA). He has taught numerous courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including introductory poultry science, poultry processing, poultry products technology, special problems, and seminars. Fourteen M.S. and 8 Ph.D. students have completed degrees under his guidance.
His research on egg yolk and broiler skin colour work led to improved analysis of egg yolk and broiler skin colour and evaluation of pigment sources. His research on early rigor, antemortem stress, and early processing factors (such as stunning and killing methods) has contributed to the understanding of the effects of production and processing methods on poultry meat colour, texture, shelf life, and overall quality. They also address regulatory and animal welfare concerns in the poultry processing industry. Over $1 million on research support and grants have been awarded for his work. Dr. Fletcher has contributed 143 referred journal articles, book chapters, and reviews, 143 abstracts; 50 proceedings and invited papers; and 99 trade publication and research reports.
Dan has been active in professional societies. He served on editorial and review boards of nine journals, including Poultry Science. Dan has served as a Director and later the President of the USA Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association. He is an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Meat Association, National Academic Advising Association, and the Georgia Poultry Federation. Some of the major awards earned by Dan Fletcher include five through PSA: Graduate Student Certificate of Excellence Award in 1977, American Egg Board Research Award in 1980, Broiler Research Award in 1990, the Continental Grain Poultry Products Research Award in 1991, and the Merck Award for Achievement in Poultry Science in 1999. He has received 11 awards for teaching and research from his department and college. Daniel Fletcher is highly regarded and respected by poultry instructors and researchers in industry, government, and academia.