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Niki Whitley, PhD

Animal Science Extension Specialist

(478) 825-6577

(478) 825-6299


Academic Program: Animal Science

Extension Area: Agricultural and Natural Resources


Dr. Whitley serves primary in the area of small ruminant (goat and sheep) production. However, she has experience with small-scale alternative swine production and has conducted research with (and personally owns) beef cattle and horses.

  • 2014-2015 USDA-NIFA AFRI grant panel invitation/service (four different panels)
  • 2013 ARD region Award for Excellence in Multi-State Research (team award), SCC081
  • 2012 USDA Secretary's Honor Group Award – Assisting Rural Communities, CEFS
  • 2011 NCA&TSU SAES Collaboration Award (ANR/CRD Working Group)
  • 2003 B.D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award 2001 Outstanding New Faculty Award, School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UMES
  • 2001 Maryland 4-H Professional Extension Partner, Specialist Award
  • 1995 ASAS Southern Section Graduate Student Awards Competition, Second place

Doctor of Philosophy: Animal Physiology, minor: Biochemistry - Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (1998)

Master of Science: Animal Science - University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1995)

Bachelor of Science: Animal Science - University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1993)

Associate of Science: Business/Accounting - Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, GA (1991)