Dr Natalie Morgan

Research Fellow Poultry Nutrition/ Lecturer - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Natalie Morgan

Phone: +61 2 6773 5829

Mobile: 0484649526

Email: nmorga20@une.edu.au


Natalie joined UNE in September 2015 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 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, Poultry Production

Primary Research Area/s

Poultry Nutrition; Carbohydrate Chemistry; Feed Enzymes

Research Interests

  • Impact of dietary fibre on poultry health and perofmance
  • 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

Principal Supervisor 2 PhD and 2 Masters students

Co-supervisor 9 PhD students


Morgan, N.K,, Wallace, A., Bedford, M.R., Hawking, K., Rodrigues, I., Hulliar, M. and Choct, M. 2019. In vitro versus in situ evaluation of xylan hydrolysis into xylo-oligosaccharides in broiler chicken gastrointestinal tract. Carbohydrate Polymers. 230: doi.org/10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.115645

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.2013-0330

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


Associate Editor Animal Nutrition

Secretary World's Poultry Science Association New England Branch

Adjunct Research Fellow Nottingham Trent University, UK

Consultancy Interests

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