Nesli Akdeniz

Position title: Assistant Professor and Livestock Controlled Environments Extension Specialist


Phone: (608) 262-0613

232B Agricultural Engineering Building
460 Henry Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Headshot of Nesli Akdeniz

Program Affiliations

Biological Systems Engineering

UW-Madison Extension

Agricultural and Biological Engineering- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Education and Certificates

  • Ph.D. 2008- Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • M.S. 2004- Food Engineering, METU
  • B.S. 2002- Food Engineering, Ankara University

Fields of Interest

  • Air quality, livestock buildings, energy efficient ventilation design, GHG & VOC emissions
  • Aerial mapping of rotationally grazed pastures
  • CFD simulations of livestock buildings and greenhouses
  • Ventilation design for dairy buildings with automated milking systems
  • Manure management and utilization
  • Diseased animal tissue containment strategies


Google Scholar

Recent Peer-Reviewed publications:

  • Jiang, L. Y. Yi, N. Akdeniz*. 2024. CFD simulations of supplemental cooling techniques in cross-ventilated dairy buildings and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 108480.
  • Wang, Y. N. Akdeniz*. 2024. Mathematical modeling of biochar’s role in elevating co-composed poultry carcass temperatures. Waste Management, 173, 40-50.
  • Wang, Y., N. Akdeniz*. 2023. Utilization of co-composted biochar as a growing medium for buttercrunch lettuce. Environmental Challenges, 13, 100748.
  • Wang, Y., N. Akdeniz*. 2023. Co-composting poultry carcasses with wood-based, distillers’ grain and cow manure biochar to increase core compost temperatures and reduce leachate’s COD. Waste Management, 161: 84-91.

Recent Conference Presentations :

  • Akdeniz, N. 2023. A web-based calculator to estimate manure value. North American Manure Expo, Arlington, WI.
  • Yang, D., N. Akdeniz. 2023. Aerial mapping of rotationally grazed dairy pastures. North American Manure Expo, Arlington, WI.
  • Yi, Y. N. Akdeniz. 2023. Alternative ventilation designs for aquaponic greenhouses- CFD simulations of temperature distribution. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Omaha, NE. ASABE, St Joseph, MI.
  • Yang, D. N. Akdeniz. 2023. A systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the impact of manure acidification on gas emissions. ASABE Annual International Meeting, NE. ASABE, St Joseph, MI.
  • Li, J. N. Akdeniz. 2023. Ventilation design for dairy buildings- CFD simulations, ventilation-related energy consumption & GHG emissions. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Omaha, NE. ASABE, St Joseph, MI.

Recent Extension Publications

Recent Funding

  • Micro-climate control in dairy buildings equipped with DeLaval milking robots. Gustaf de Laval fund (€12,000).
  • Micro-climate control in aquaponic greenhouses to alleviate heat stress for workers. MCOHS-ERC pilot projects ($20,000).
  • Certified Livestock Manager Training. Illinois Department of Agriculture ($80,000).
  • Improving air quality and mitigating heat stress using precision ventilation systems for dairy cattle. AFRI-NIFA-USDA ($617,065).
  • Nitrogen use efficiency in rotationally grazed dairy pastures in Northern and South Central Wisconsin. Wisconsin Fertilizer Research Program ($60,000).
  • Climate-smart ventilation design for dairy buildings: energy use and GHG emissions. Hatch-NIFA-USDA ($157,083).

Professional Service

Associate Editor, Natural Resources & Environmental Systems (NRES), ASABE. 2023-current.