Dr. Payne recently moved from Ethiopia, where he worked with the International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas as Director of a $150 million research program aimed at improving food security and livelihoods in the dry areas of the world. Dr. Payne serves as Professor of Crop Physiology at Texas A&M University, and is former Research Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. He has advised charitable foundations, national and international agencies, publishers, foreign governments and universities on science, food security, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Payne has been named fellow of five international scientific societies and has held numerous leadership roles at the state, national and international level.
Research interest include: crop physiology, systems agronomy, soil physics and hydrology, soil fertility and plant nutrition, international agriculture, sustainability, agroclimatology, modeling, alternative crops, and crop diversification.
B.A. Wabash College, Chemistry 1981
M.S. Texas A&M, Soil Science 1988
Ph.D. Texas A&M, Soil Science 1990