Debbie Cherney (B.S., animal science, 1980, University of Florida; M.S., agronomy, Louisiana State University; Ph.D., animal nutrition, 1989, University of Florida; M.A., bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin) is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Cornell University. She teaches three undergraduate courses: Introduction to Animal Nutrition, Introduction to Animal Welfare, and Ethics in Animal Science. Her program aims to improve the profitability of forage/livestock operations, while at the same time minimizing any negative effects of forage crops on the environment. Many of her studies have involved evaluating or improving laboratory or in vitro techniques to assess forage quality, the goal of this effort being to improve and standardize routine laboratory methodology. She has published over 150 peer reviewed papers, chapters, and proceedings, and co-edited a popular book on forages (Grass for Dairy Cattle).