Cliff Lamb, Ph.D., is director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources and life sciences.
AgriLife Research features collaboration with research scientists at 13 regional Texas A&M Research and Extension Centers and faculty in 15 academic departments, a portfolio of more than 550 projects and more than $280 million in annual research expenditures.
Lamb grew up on a cattle operation in Zimbabwe, Africa. He has extensive expertise in beef cattle management with a special emphasis on reproductive physiology.
Lamb served as head of the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University from March 2017 to March 2022. Under his leadership, the department increased its presence in the livestock industry and its broad focus on applied and basic research.
Lamb also spearheaded research efforts involving cattle adapted to subtropical/tropical environments to help further Texas and global beef cattle production. Additionally, his research aligns with improvements in pregnancy and performance development of cattle.
Before joining The Texas A&M University System, Lamb served as assistant director and professor at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, Florida.
He has published 130 refereed journal articles and more than 58 Extension and research reports. His research programs have received more than $13.8 million in grant funds or gifts.
Lamb was elected a Research Fellow in the American Society of Animal Science and received the Kansas State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Administration, and the American Society of Animal Science Animal Management and Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Awards, among other honors.
Lamb earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Middle Tennessee State, followed by his master’s and a doctorate in reproductive physiology at Kansas State University.