Dr Natalie Morgan

Research Fellow Poultry Nutrition/ Education Officer Poultry Hub Australia - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Phone: +61 02 6773 5829

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Email: nmorga20@une.edu.au


Natalie joined UNE in September 2016 as a Research Fellow. Her main area of interest is broiler nutrition, particularly focusing on feed enzymes and carbohydrate chemistry. She is also runs a number of education and training programs in poultry production and management in her role as Education  Officer for Poultry Hub. She completed her doctorate thesis (2010-2014) and a year as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer (2014-2015) at Nottingham Trent University, England. Her current research focuses on non-starch polysaccharides and the effects of xylo-oligomers in broiler chickens.


  • BSc (Hons) Animal Biology (2010),
  • PhD (2014) Nottingham Trent University, UK


2018 Dean's Early Career Research Excellence

Teaching Areas

Animal Nutrition

Primary Research Area/s

Poultry nutrition; Carbohydrate chemistry; Feed enzymes

Research Interests

  • Assessing factors that cause variation in feed ingredients used in poultry diets, particularly focussuing on non-starch polysaccharides and phytate
  • The use of xylanases to produce xylo-oligomers and the effects of xylo-oligomers on gut microflora and performance in broiler chickens
  • Alternative feed ingredients for use in poultry feed formulations
  • The influence of gastrointestinal pH on nutrient bioavailability and the intestinal microbiota in poultry
  • Evaluating phytate and xylan ‘susceptibility’ to the effects of enzymes and assessing factors that influence  reactivity and enzyme efficacy
  • Developing in vitro models to determine digestibility of poultry diets

Research Supervision Experience

Currently involved in 10 PhD projects, 2 as Principal Supervisor


Morgan, N.K., Keerqin, C., Wu, S.B. and Choct, M. 2018. Effect of arabinoxylans and xylo-oligosaccharides on net energy and nutrient utilization in broilers. Animal Nutrition. 5(1): 56-62

Morgan, N.K., Wallace, A., Bedford, M.R., Choct, M. 2017. Efficiency of xylanases from family 10 and family 11 in production of xylo-oligosaccharides from wheat arabinoxylans. Carbohydrate Polymers. 167: 290-296. doi: dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.03.063

Morgan, N.K. Managing gut health without reliance on antimicrobials in poultry. 2017. Animal Production Science. doi.org/10.1071/AN17288

Morgan, N.K. and Choct, M. 2016. Cassava: Nutrient composition and nutritive value in poultry diets. Animal Nutrition. 2(4): 253-261. doi.org/10.1016/j.aninu.2016.08.010

Morgan, N.K. Walk, C.L., Bedford, M.R., Scholey, D.V. and Burton, E.J. 2016. Effect of feeding broilers diets differing in susceptible phytate content. Animal Nutrition. 2(1): 33-39.  doi: 10.1016/j.aninu.2016.01.002

Morgan, N.K., Walk, C. L., Bedford, M.R. & Burton, E.J. 2015. Contribution of intestinal and cereal derived phytase activity on phytate degradation in young broilers. Poultry Science. 00:1-7. doi: 10.3382/ps/pev108

Morgan, N.K., Walk, C. L., Bedford, M.R. & Burton, E.J. 2014. The effect of dietary calcium inclusion on broiler gastrointestinal pH: Quantification and method optimisation. Poultry Science. 93: 354-363 doi: 10.3382/ps.2013-03305

Morgan, N.K., Walk, C. L., Bedford, M.R. & Burton, E.J. 2014.In vitro
versus in situ evaluation of the effect of phytase supplementation on calcium and phosphorus solubility in soybean and rapeseed meal broiler diets. British Poultry Science . 55(2):238-45. doi: 10.1080/00071668.2014.880876

Morgan, N.K., Scholey, D.V. & Burton, E.J. 2014. A comparison of two methods for determining titanium dioxide content in broiler digestibility studies. Animal.8(4): 529-533. doi: 10.1017/S1751731114000068

Clinical Skills and Experience


Consultancy Interests

Improving poultry feed formulations, feed additives and enzymes in poultry diets, prebiotics in poultry

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