Department: Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
University System: Montana State University - Bozeman
Dr. Rob Payn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences at Montana State University. His research focus is hydroecology, which is the study of the interaction of life with water in its environment. More specifically, he studies the interactions of hydrological, chemical, and biological processes that determine the biogeochemical patterns observed in streams, rivers, and wetlands. Currently, Payn's preferred approach is to use mechanistic simulation models to explore hypotheses, and then compare simulation results with field data to test and refine the hypotheses inherent in the model. He is also interested in the use of simulation models to suggest field sampling schemes that will most efficiently provide the data necessary to test those hypotheses.