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

Dr. Drewery received her BS and MS from Texas A&M University in Animal Science, then received a PhD in Human Nutrition from Louisiana State University. She spent two years in the dairy industry in upstate New York before returning to Texas in 2019 as an Assistant Professor in Animal Science in the Department of Agricultural Sciences.

Research Interests

Dr. Drewery's research program focuses on the evaluation of novel feeds to enhance the sustainability of beef cattle production. She is also interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Life Sciences, especially as it pertains to underrepresented students.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Boyer, H. L., Wagner, N. C., & Drewery, M. L. (2023). Effectiveness of mycorrhizae and vermicompost seed inoculation for germination, vegetative growth, cannabinoid content, and cured flower weight of CBD-rich hemp (Cannabis sativa L.). Journal of Agricultural Hemp Research, 3(1).
  • Kenchanna, D., (Waliczek) Cade, T. M., & Drewery, M. L. (n.d.). Determining the suitability of incorporating black soldier fly frass in production of a quality compost. U.S. Composting Council National Conference.
  • Drewery, M. L., & Hustvedt, G. (2024). Consumer support for hemp by-products as food and feed. Journal of Natural Fibers.
  • Jasso, B., Quinchia, L., Cade, T. M., & Drewery, M. L. (2024). Black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) frass and sheddings as a compost ingredient. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 7. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2023.1297858
  • Drewery, M. L., & Lollar, J. E. (2024). Undergraduates’ perceptions of the value of service-learning. Frontiers in Education, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2024.1330456

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: College of Applied Arts Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities, College of Applied Arts, Texas State University. August 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities, Texas State University. August 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: "Most Inspirational", Faculty Research & Productivity (FRAP) Network. May 2021

Selected Grants

  • Drewery, Merritt L (Principal), Cade, Tina Marie (Co-Principal). Mentorship and Promotion of Women in Agriculture (MPOWA), USDA Women and Minorities in Science, Federal, $100000. (Funded: September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2025). Grant.
  • Racelis, Alexis (Principal), Drewery, Merritt L (Co-Principal), Mix, Kenneth D (Co-Principal), Gabler, Christoper (Co-Principal), Rugg, Savannah (Co-Principal), Baldillo, I (Co-Principal), Cantu, J. South Texas Agriculture Roadmap for Training, Research, Experiential Learning, and Careers (STARTREC) in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, USDA HSI Education Grants Program, Federal, $975314. (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.
  • 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

Friends of the Library
January 2024-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Translational Animal Science
December 2023-Present
Presidential HSI Community Council
August 2022-Present
Curriculum Committee
August 2022-Present
Pre-Vet Society
July 2022-Present