University of Florida

Dr. Emily K. Miller-Cushon

Assistant Professor

Research Summary

The objective of Emily Miller-Cushon’s research is to investigate the relationships between management, behavior, and welfare of farm animals. In general, she is interested in how behavior develops and is affected by factors in the environment, and what behavior can tell us about animal welfare at the group and individual level. Her research focuses include feeding and social behavior of dairy calves, with an interest in how these behavior patterns respond to aspects of management, including housing environment and transitions, and relate to other measures of welfare, such as physiological signs of stress and immune function. An additional focus is diet selection behavior, addressing questions of how feed preferences and feeding motivation may be influenced by different feeding strategies and the physiological and metabolic consequences of particular feed choices. She ultimately aims to apply research findings to identify management strategies conducive to good welfare, as well as behavioral measures which may be used to assess welfare.


April 2014; Ph.D., Animal Behavior and Welfare, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

April 2009; B.Sc., Honours, Mathematical Physics, Biophysics Specialization, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

Aug. 2014-present; Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Awards, Honors, and Outstanding Achievements

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012 - 2104).
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2010 - 2012).

Professional Memberships

International Society for Applied Ethology
American Dairy Science Association




Emily K. Miller-Cushon, Ph.D.

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611