Dr. Roger Merkel
Dr. Roger Merkel was born on a grain/livestock farm in northern Illinois. He received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1982. Dr. Merkel spent the following four years serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand, first as an agricultural education volunteer working with teachers and students in village schools and later as a trainer for incoming volunteers.
Dr. Merkel received his M.S. in Animal Science from the University of Florida in 1989 in the area of mineral nutrition. In 1994, he received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. For his Ph.D. research on the effects of tannins in tropical tree legumes, Dr. Merkel spent one year in North Sumatra, Indonesia through North Carolina State University's involvement with the Small Ruminant Collaborative Research Support Program (SR-CRSP). In 1995, Dr. Merkel returned to North Sumatra as project liaison officer of the SR-CRSP, a position he held until project termination in late 1996. During his time in Indonesia, Dr. Merkel organized a conference on small ruminant production and was chief editor and a contributor to the proceedings "Small Ruminant Production: Recommendations for Southeast Asia". Dr. Merkel also edited and contributed to an update of a farmers' manual for small ruminant production produced by the SR-CRSP entitled "Sheep and Goat Production Manual for Southeast Asia".
In 1997, Dr. Merkel came to Langston University in a post-doctoral position to conduct research on the utilization of browse by goats. In 2000, Dr. Merkel was hired as an Assistant Professor at Langston University. His current duties include research, extension and teaching. Additionally, Dr. Merkel conducts the international activities of the E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research. He has written three successfully funded grants for work with universities in Ethiopia and currently administers those grants. In November 2000, Dr. Merkel co-organized a conference entitled "The Opportunities and Challenges of Enhancing Goat Production in East Africa" held at Debub University in Awassa, southern Ethiopia. Dr. Merkel was also chief editor as well as contributor to those proceedings. Dr. Merkel has published research on tropical animal production and extension activities