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Dr. Merritt Drewery

Assistant Professor of Applied Animal Science

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Office: AG PAV 102
(512) 245-4851

Dr. Drewery is a Texas native, hailing from Baytown. She received her BS and MS from Texas A&M University in Animal Science, then crossed state lines for her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Louisiana State University. After a two-year hiatus from academia and the southern United States, she returned to Texas in Fall 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Drewery’s research program focuses on the identification of novel feedstuffs to enhance livestock production. She is currently working on insects and insect products as feed for beef cattle. She is also dabbling in social sciences, assessing the impact of Covid-19 on different professional groups.

Dr. Drewery is a proud first-generation college student and credits her academic mentors with much of her professional success. As such, she is committed to helping students succeed in their academic and professional pursuits. She teaches Animal Science, Leadership, Research Methods, and Grant Development courses, but encourages any student to reach out to her for guidance and support. 

Outside of the classroom and laboratory, you can find Dr. Drewery hiking or paddle boarding the San Marcos river with her pupper, Myla.


Ph.D. Nutrition and Food Sciences, Louisiana State University, 2017

MS Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2012

BS Animal Science, Texas A&M University, 2010

Courses taught:

AG 1110 Careers in Agriculture

 AG 1445 Basic Animal Science

 AG 4326 Advanced Animal Science-Ruminants

AG 5100 Professional Development

Research interests:

Developmental programming as it relates to nutrition and environment

Optimization of prepubertal programs to increase later-life productivity

Evaluation of novel ingredients in existing livestock production systems

Identification of holistic health treatments to replace antibiotic usage

The interplay between agriculture and human nutrition

Beef and dairy cattle nutrition


Dr. Drewery is the Project Director of 3eX-Ag

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