Wayne Hamilton

Wayne Hamilton

Education and Certificates

B.S. Agriculture, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
M.S. Range Animal Science, Sul Ross State University, 1975
M.B.A. Sul Ross State University, 1976


Wayne served in the military from 1955-1957 and with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas and New Mexico from 1958-1965. He later became Resource Manager for the 72,000 acre Chaparrosa Ranch in South Texas and for additional ranch properties in Texas and California from 1965-1976. In 1976 he began his work at Texas A&M University, College Station.

He was one of the original PIs with Dr. Richard Conner and Dr. Jerry Stuth in the Ranching Systems Group, which later became CNRIT. He has been the co-developer of multiple decision support systems (DSS) and models at CNRIT since 1985, with numerous domestic and international consulting assignments.

He is a Past President, Texas Chapter of the Society for Range Management (1975), recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Range Management Award (2003) and recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award (2005). He is also a recipient of the Texas A&M Deputy Chancellor's Award for Team Research (1984) and the USDA NRCS Superior Service Award for development of the Gazing Lands Applications (GLA) DSS (1991). He is the author of numerous journal articles, Experiment Station publications, proceedings, books, and book chapters. He is also co-owner of the Grazingland Management Systems Consulting Co.

Wayne currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Ecosystems Science and Management (ESSM).


Wayne's interests are primarily focused on brush and weed management technologies, and decision support systems for ranch level, regional, and national applications. Wayne owns a small Central Texas ranch and enjoys developing the property to enhance productivity for cattle and goats and restoring vegetation resources and wildlife habitat so that his kids and grandkids can enjoy hunting, fishing and working on a ranch.