Seth Murray

Dealing with Complexity, Three Vignettes About Advancing Plant Science and Agriculture

Texas A&M University


Seth Murray is an Associate Professor and the Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in Agricultural Biotechnology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received his PhD at Cornell University in 2008 working on the genetics of sorghum and a BS from Michigan State University. He directs a program focused on both quantitative genetic discovery and applied maize breeding for yield, aflatoxin resistance and stress tolerance in Texas, high throughput field phenotyping and perenniality in maize and sorghum. He has chaired 17 graduate students, authored 38 articles, and served in leadership roles for ASTA, the Crop Science Society of America and the National Association of Plant Breeders. He recently founded and is Editor of The Plant Phenome Journal, a CSSA and ASA publication. He is currently spending one year on sabbatical as the Senior Advisor of Agricultural Systems in the Office of the Chief Scientist at USDA in Washington, D.C.