Dr. Andy Merriwether

Andy MerriwetherAndy Merriwether received his B.A. in Medical Anthropology and B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 1988, his M.S. in Genetics from Pennsylvania State University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. Dr. Merriwether was a fellow at the Keck Center for Advanced Training in Computational Biology in Pittsburgh from 1993–1996. From 1996–2003 Dr. Merriwether was an assistant professor of Anthropology and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, and from 1999–2003 was a faculty member in the Center for Statistical Genetics and the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Disease at the University of Michigan as well. From 2003 to the present, Dr. Merriwether has been an associate professor of Anthropology and of Biology at Binghamton University (State University of New York). Since 2015, Dr. Merriwether has been chair of the anthropology department. Dr. Merriwether has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific papers, articles and book chapters. Dr. Merriwether has long studied genetic evidence for human and animal variation, evolution and migration around the world, including the domestication of camelids, camelid evolution, and the genetics of pigmentation and of health and disease in camelids. Dr. Merriwether has been part of the alpaca genome project and is currently sequencing candidate genes for a number of traits in camelids. Dr. Merriwether established the Camelid DNA Bank at Binghamton University in 2002–2003, which should pass 2000 blood and DNA samples in 2016. Andy and Ann Merriwether co-own Nyala Farm Alpacas where they have about 75 alpacas. Nyala Farm also raises Wensleydale sheep, Jacobs sheep, Angora rabbits, and Clydesdale horses and is located in Vestal, New York.