Cum laude PhD degree awarded to Allyson Ipema
On the 13th of January Allyson Ipema from the Adaptation Physiology group successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Fly in the coop – How black soldier fly larvae improve broiler and pig welfare”.
Cooperating with colleague Alejandro Parodi (Animal Production Systems group) she concluded her PhD project with a paper outlining an advice on the responsible use of farmed insects as livestock feed published in Nature Food.
During the defence opponents Dr Piter Bijma (WUR), Prof. Dr Anna Valros (University of Helsinki), Dr Carlos Hernandez (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), and Dr Birte Nielsen (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) asked various probing questions. This resulted in an interesting discussion on topics including how to measure animal emotions, ethical considerations of insect welfare, and the future of edible insects. In the end, the thesis committee decided to award Allyson the degree of Doctor with a Cum laude designation, due to the excellent defence and the exceptional quality of her thesis, which included 7 papers in renowned scientific journals.