Faculty Profile for Dr. Merritt L Drewery

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Dr. Merritt L Drewery
Assistant Professor — Department of Agricultural Sciences
AG 102
phone: (512) 245-4851

Biography Section

Biography and Education

A Texas native, I hail from Baytown. I received my BS and MS from Texas A&M University in Animal Science, then crossed state lines and received my PhD in Human Nutrition from Louisiana State University. After a two-year hiatus from academia and the southern United States, I returned to Texas in Fall 2019 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in teaching and mentoring approaches that position underrepresented students for professional success. Texas State University is lucky to be a Hispanic Serving Institution and, accordingly, enrolls many minority and first-gen students. These students often lack familial understanding or support of the challenges faced at the post-secondary and, eventually, professional level.

Accordingly, my colleagues and I are evaluating an education model that integrates experiential opportunities, exposure to the professional workforce, and service-learning as a means of enhancing the quality of education and aiding underrepresented students in achieving their professional goals.

Research Interests

My research program focuses on the evaluation of novel feedstuffs as a means to enhance beef cattle production with a focus on insects and insect products. I aim to extend these evaluations to other potential feedstuffs and livestock production systems.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Drewery, M. L., Sawyer, J. E., & Wickersham, T. A. (2021). Effect of upstream processing on nutritional value of post-extraction algal residue in beef cattle. Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, 21, 221–232. https://doi.org/10.5958/0974-181X.2021.00019.6
  • Carrasco, M., Drewery, M. L., Anderson, R. G., & Marshall. (2021). Adoption of technology and social media in the post-secondary agricultural classroom before and as a result of COVID-19. North American College of Teachers and Agriculture (NACTA) Journal.
  • Tasci, K., Drewery, M. L., Anderson, R. G., & Swafford, M. (2021). Adoption of software in the post-secondary agricultural classroom as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal.
  • Drewery, M. L., Gaitan, A. V., Liu, Y., Ji, L., Nikas, S. P., Wood, J., … Lammi-Keefe, C. J. (2021). Relationship between endocannabinoids during pregnancy and infant heart rate and heart rate variability. EC Nutrition, 16(1), 110–122. Retrieved from https://www.ecronicon.com/ecnu/pdf/ECNU-16-00897.pdf
  • Drewery, M. L., Sawyer, J. E., & Wickersham, T. A. (2021). Post-extraction algal residue as a protein supplement for beef steers consuming forage: palatability and nutrition utilization. Animal Feed Science Technology. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2020.114796

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: "Most Inspirational", Faculty Research & Productivity (FRAP) Network. May 2021

Selected Grants

  • Racelis, Alexis (Principal), Drewery, Merritt L (Co-Principal), Mix, Kenneth D (Co-Principal), Gabler, Christoper (Co-Principal), Rugg, Savannah (Co-Principal), Garza, Nora (Co-Principal). South Texas Agriculture Roadmap for Training, Research, Experiential Learning, and Careers (STARTREC) in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, USDA HSI Education Grants Program, Federal, $1000000. (Submitted: January 2021, Funded: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2025). Grant.
  • Drewery, Merritt L (Principal), Anderson, Ryan Gerald (Co-Principal). Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, & Mathematics: integrating scientific inquiry in curriculum for pre-service Agricultural Education teachers (STEAM-AGED), USDA HSI Education Grants Program, Federal, $275000. (Submitted: January 2021, Funded: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2025). Grant.
  • Drewery, Merritt L (Principal), Wickersham, Tryon A. Black soldier fly larvae as a protein source for cattle consuming forage, USDA, Federal, $200000. (Submitted: March 2020, Funded: July 2021 - July 2023). Grant.
  • Kathcart, Emma, Drewery, Merritt L. Black Soldier Fly Larvae as a protein source for beef steers fed low quality hay, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: October 2020 - Present). Grant.
  • Drewery, Merritt L (Principal). Positioning underrepresented students for professional success in agricultural sciences (PUPS-Ag), Texas State University, $5000. (Funded: September 2020 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Student Outcome Assessments Coordinator: Animal Science
April 2021-Present
Texas Beef Team (Texas Beef Council)
January 2021-Present
College Research Enhancement Committee
September 2020-Present
Undergraduate Scholarship Committee
September 2020-Present
Roundtable leader
New Tenure Track Faculty Orientation: Becoming a Productive Scholar and Researcher
August 18, 2021