Cheryl Morris returns to Department of Animal Science

January 22, 2021

Cheryl MorrisFollowing a four-year stint at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, Cheryl Morris is returning to the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State as an Associate Professor of Comparative Nutrition.

“Dr. Morris is an internationally recognized nutritionist and animal training specialist.  She works with companion animal nutrition and zoo animal husbandry globally.  We are thankful for her return to Iowa State University on our faculty.  Iowa State will provide Dr. Morris a platform to change animal husbandry for all species and inspire students of all backgrounds,” said Dr. Dan Thomson, animal science department chair.

Morris brings a wealth of knowledge in comparative nutrition to the department. She will teach an undergraduate course on Feeds & Feeding as well as the Companion Animal Systems Management course.

“I love connecting ideas for students. In addition to teaching feeds and feeding and a companion animal course, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a new course that will focus on connecting the disciplines of animal science (reproduction, nutrition, genetics, husbandry) to zoo animal management.”

Morris began her journey at Iowa State as a student and received her M.S. in animal nutrition. She continued her education for her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Nutritional Sciences.

When asked about her return to Iowa State, Morris told us, “It feels like coming home. It's like finding my true North.  I am joyful, inspired, excited, humbled.”