McElroy appointed interim head for Poultry Science
Dr. Audrey P. McElroy has been appointed interim head of the Department of Poultry Science beginning October 14.
Dr. McElroy is an expert in poultry growth performance, gut health and nutrition. For her work in creating solutions for the agriculture industry, she was awarded the Novus Outstanding Scholar Award in 2019. For her excellent teaching, she received the Poultry Science Association Novus International Teaching Award in 2011.
A prolific scholar and communicator, Dr. McElroy has authored 45 peer-reviewed research publications and numerous research presentations and extension publications. She is currently recognized in the poultry industry nationally and internationally for providing education on intestinal health management and remediation of necrotic enteritis. In Virginia, she served as biosecurity auditor, helping counter the threat of avian disease outbreaks in the state. She also helped produce recommendations to reduce levels of foodborne pathogens in commercial turkey processing facilities. Dr. McElroy has advised numerous undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. Her work to develop professionals in her field includes active service for professional societies as well as for her department, college and university.
Teaching, research, extension and service are all parts of Dr. McElroy’s current appointment as professor and broiler extension specialist in the Department of Poultry Science. Her teaching responsibilities include leading a course in Breeder and Hatchery Management as well as a capstone course in professional skills and career readiness.
A graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. McElroy earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in poultry science and a doctorate in poultry physiology. After graduation, she joined Virginia Tech as assistant professor and extension specialist, and was steadily promoted. She then spent some time as senior account manager at Merck Animal Health before returning to Texas A&M in 2017.
Winemiller appointed interim head for Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Dr. Kirk Winemiller has been appointed as interim head of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences starting October 14.
Dr. Winemiller has developed a wide-ranging research program that has been recognized with multiple university, national and international awards. His research in Texas and across four continents has contributed to the development of food web theory, enhanced understanding of communities of freshwater and estuarine fishes, and improved the management and conservation of fisheries. He has co-authored 271 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited more than 20,000 times, with work appearing in top environmental science journals.
In addition to inspiring many graduate students from around the world to enroll at Texas A&M University, Dr. Winemiller has also engaged dozens of undergraduates in research. To support research and student training, he has obtained nearly 9 million dollars in funding during his career at Texas A&M, including 18 grants from the National Science Foundation, two Fulbright Awards and significant grants from the Brazilian Government.
Dr. Winemiller’s honors include the Ecological Society of America’s prestigious Mercer Award, and he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and Senior Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.