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., 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
  • Kerr, A., Omana Sudhakaran, P. O., & Drewery, M. L. (2020). Pre and post-weaning performance of calves fed milk replacer containing different sources of butyrate. Retrieved from https://virtual2020.adsa.org/poster-sessions/82743
  • Gaitan, A. V., Drewery, M. L., Thaxton, C. A., Carabante, K., Seidemann, E., Elkind-Hirsch, K., & Lammi-Keefe, C. (2018). Dietary intake and omega-3 DHA status in pregnant women who are overweight. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs, 47, 438–450.
  • Drewery, M. L., Gaitan, A. V., Spedale, S. B., Monlezun, C. J., Miketinas, D. C., & Lammi-Keefe, C. J. (2017). Maternal n-6 and n-3 fatty acid status during pregnancy is related to infant heart rate and heart rate variability: an exploratory study. Prostaglandins Leukot Ess Fatty Acids, 117–125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plefa.2017.09.003

Selected Grants

  • 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.
  • Drewery, Merritt L, Anderson, Ryan Gerald (Co-Principal), Wickersham, Tryon (Co-Principal). Exposure, Experiential learning, and Extension: positioning underrepresented students for academic and professional success in agricultural sciences – 3eX-Ag, USDA-NIFA-HSI, Federal, $249998. (Submitted: 2020, Funded: September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2024). Grant.
  • Mix, Kenneth D, Schwinning, Susan, Benavides, Elizabeth Ashley, Drewery, Merritt L. Transdisciplinary Research, Educational and Extension Laboratory, USDA, Federal, $145616. (Submitted: October 2019, Funded: February 2020 - February 2023). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Texas Beef Team (Texas Beef Council)
January 2021-Present
College Research Enhancement Committee
September 2020-Present
Undergraduate Scholarship Committee
September 2020-Present
Grad School Prep for First-Gen Students in Ag
February 2021
Search Committee Member for Admin. Assistant III
October 2020-November 2020