Robert L. Alphin, M. S.

Education

  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, M.S., Animal Science, 1976-1978
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1975-1976
  • University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, B.S., Animal Science, 1971-1975

Current Courses

Research

Applied poultry research focusing on emergency poultry disease response (e.g. avian influenza) emphasizing the 3Ds: depopulation, disposal and decontamination. Additional research involves the use of new lighting technologies to improve poultry production and sustainability while reducing energy costs.

Recent Publications

Morrissy, S., D. Hougentogler, G. Keane, R. Alphin and E. Benson. 2016. Lamp and Dimmer Compatibility. UD website designed to help broiler growers compare performance of different light emitting diode (LED) lamps tested with different dimmers to assist in lamp and dimmer selection for their broiler houses. http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/dimmer/intro.php

Rogers, A. G., E. M. Pritchett, R. L. Alphin, E. M. Brannick, E. R. Benson. 2015. I Evaluation of the impact of alternative light technology on male broiler chicken growth, feed conversion, and allometric characteristics. Poultry Science 2015.

Rogers, A. G., E. M. Pritchett, R. L. Alphin, E. M. Brannick, and E. R. Benson.  2015.  II. Evaluation of the impact of alternative light technology on male broiler chicken stress.  Poultry Science.  94:331–337 http://dx.doi.org/10.3382/ps/peu046

Pritchett, E. M., A. G. Rogers, M. P. Caputo, E. R. Benson, R. L. Alphin, A. L. Johnson.  2014.  Application of the wireless electroencephalogram to measure stress in White Pekin ducks.  Research in Veterinary Science.  97(1): 162-168.

Benson E. R., D. P. Hougentogler, J. McGurk, E. Herrman, and R. L. Alphin.  2013.  Durability of Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, Cold Cathode, and Light Emitting Diode Lamps in Poultry Conditions.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture.  29(1):103-111.

Rankin M. K., R. L. Alphin, E. R. Benson, A. L. Johnson, D. P. Hougentogler, and P. Mohankumar.  2013.  Comparison of Water-Based Foam and Carbon Dioxide Gas Emergency Depopulation Methods of Turkeys.  Poultry Science 92 :3144–3148.  Doi:10.3382/ps.2013-03341

Caputo, M. P., R. L. Alphin, E. M. Pritchett, D. P. Hougentogler, A. L. Johnson, E. R. Benson, and C. Patil. 2013. Evaluation of the diving reflex in response to non-terminal submersion of White Pekin ducks in water-based foam.  Poultry Science 2013 92:412-417; doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02513

Caputo M. P., E. R. Benson, E. M. Pritchett, D. P. Hougentogler, P. Jain, C. Patil, A. L. Johnson, and R. L. Alphin.  2012.  Comparison of water-based foam and carbon dioxide gas mass emergency depopulation of White Pekin Ducks.  Poultry Science. 91:3057-3064; doi:10.3382/ps.2012-02514.

Benson E. R., R. L. Alphin, M. K. Rankin, M. P. Caputo, and A. L. Johnson.  2012.  EEG Based Methodology For Determining Unconsciousness During Depopulation.  Avian Diseases.  56(4s1): 884-890.

Benson E. R., R. L. Alphin, M. K. Rankin, M. P. Caputo.  2012.  Mass Emergency Foam Depopulation of Poultry.  Avian Diseases. 56(4s1): 891-896

Benson E. R., R. L. Alphin, M. K. Rankin, M. P. Caputo, C. A. Kinney, A. L. Johnson.  2012. Evaluation of EEG Based Determination of Unconsciousness vs. Loss of Posture in Broilers.  Research in Veterinary Science.  93(2):960-964.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rvsc.2011.12.008.

Alphin R. L., C. Ciaverelli, D. P. Hougentogler, K. J. Johnson, M. K. Rankin, and E. R. Benson.  2010.  Post Outbreak Disinfection of Mobile Equipment.  Avian Diseases.  5:772–776.

Alphin R. L., M. K. Rankin, K. J. Johnson, and E. R. Benson.  2010.  Comparison of Water-Based Foam and Inert-Gas Mass Emergency Depopulation Methods.  Avian Diseases.  54:757–762.

Alphin R. L., K. J. Johnson, B. S. Ladman, and E. R. Benson.  2009.  Inactivation of Avian Influenza Virus Using Five Common Chemicals and One Detergent.  Poultry Science.  88: 1181-1185.

Patent

E.R. Benson, G.W. Malone, and R.L. Alphin.  2007.  Foam based equipment and procedure for emergency euthanasia.  Continuation of provisional patent Serial No. 60/759,666. Patent applied for January 17, 2007.  Issued as Patent 7,435,166, 9/24/2008.

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Contact Information
Robert L. Alphin, M. S.

Instructor
Allen Laboratory Manager

Animal and Food Sciences
107 Charles C. Allen Biotechnology Laboratory
601 Sincock Lane
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-0825
Fax number: (302) 831-8177
Email: ralphin@udel.edu