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Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences

Dr. Emily K. Miller-Cushon

Assisitant Professor —  Animal Behavior

Dr. Miller-Cushon conducts research and teaching in the areas of animal behavior and animal welfare. In general, her research investigates the relationships between management, behavior, and welfare of farm animals. Current research focuses include, feeding and social behavior patterns of dairy calves in response to different management factors and in relation to other measures of welfare.


  • Research

    Research Summary

    Dr. Miller-Cushon research program focuses on the relationships between management, behavior, and welfare of farm animals. In general, she is interested in how behavior patterns develop and are affected by factors in the environment, and what behavior can tell us about animal welfare.

    Her specific research interests currently include feeding and social behavior of dairy calves and adult cattle, with a focus on how these behavior patterns respond to aspects of management, such as housing environment and transitions, and relate to other measures of welfare, such as physiological signs of stress and immune function.

    Dr. Miller-Cushon 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 on farm.

  • Teaching
    • ANS 4932 – Livestock Behavior & Welfare, Fall 3cr
    • ANS 6932 – Applied Ethology, Spring 3cr

Emily Miller Cushon


PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611

  • Education


    • 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 Degre

    • Aug. 2014-present; Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards

    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