Dr. Tryon Wickersham lives with his wife, Erin, and two daughters, Katherine and Lydia, on a small Angus ranch that they run with his parents near Kurten, Texas.
Wickersham received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A&M University and both a master's degree and a doctoral degree in ruminant nutrition from Kansas State University. He began serving as an assistant professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in 2006 and was promoted to associate professor in 2012.
Wickersham teaches courses in animal nutrition at both the graduate and undergraduate level. His excellence in teaching has been recognized through numerous teaching awards. Most notably, in 2013, he received both the Association of Former Students' Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching at the University Level and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. Wickersham has served on the graduate committees of more than 81 graduate students and has advised eight undergraduate thesis projects.
Wickersham’s research focuses on improving the economic and environmental sustainability of beef cattle production by improving the efficiency of forage utilization and the adoption of coproducts as a feed resource. Recently, he has studied placing cows in confinement as a means of enhancing the sustainability of beef cattle production and using net protein contribution as a key performance indicator of sustainability.
Throughout his time at Texas A&M, Wickersham has been a contributor on research grants totaling approximately $3.95 million. He is a co-author of 44 peer-reviewed publications and 114 abstracts.