Outstanding in Their Field

The people who make up the UT Institute of Agriculture are the driving force behind the Real. Life. Solutions. we create and deliver. Learn more about some of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose work sets them apart.


Phil Myer standing in front of the Animal Science building

Phil Myer

Associate professor of animal science studies gut microbiology of beef cattle to help increase feed efficiency and improve overall nutrition

Rebecca Trout Fryxell

Rebecca Trout Fryxell

Associate professor of entomology is studying ways to minimize the negative impacts of arthropods on human and animal health

John Sorochan with turfgrass examples

John Sorochan

Distinguished professor of turfgrass science is researching ways to improve safety and wear tolerance of sports turf


Kayela standing in the new UTCVM building

Kayela Statom

A love for students and agriculture fuels UTCVM coordinator of recruitment and student engagement’s passion for veterinary education

David Anderson in front of the new Teaching and Learning Center

David Anderson

UTCVM associate dean helps to innovate new tech that improves the healthcare of people and animals

Cymone Merritt standing in front of a food mural

Cymone Merritt

UT Extension agent inspires healthy lifestyle choices through education and community connections


Headshot of Serenity Byars

Serenity Byars

Veterinary student shares her love for animals and passion for science with prospective students as a UTCVM ambassador

Carragan Fields Headshot

Carragan Fields

Small town undergraduate student finds a home, passion for law and agriculture advocation at Herbert

Isha Poudel in a lab

Isha Poudel

Plant physiology PhD student develops Real. Life. Solutions. to address food security concerns in response to climate change


Samantha Beaty with her cows

Samantha Beaty

UTCVM alum (’01) protects Tennessee animals as the state veterinarian and assistant commissioner for animal health

Luke Hadden

Luke Hadden

Forestry alum (’14) works to conserve more than 250,000 acres of forest in East Tennessee

Will Freeman

Will Freeman

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications alum (’16) supports rural small businesses and farmers with USDA