Dr Natalie Morgan

Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Phone: +61 2 6773 5829

Email: nmorga20@une.edu.au


Natalie joined UNE in September 2016 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her main area of interest is broiler nutrition, particularly focusing on feed enzymes and carbohydrate chemistry. 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 interest is non-starch polysaccharides and the effects of xylo-oligomers in broiler chickens.


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

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 ‘susceptibility’ to the effects of phytase and assessing factors that influence phytate reactivity and phytase efficacy
  • Developing in vitro models to determine digestibility of poultry diets


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