Chris Payne


  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  • B.S., Biology, Saint Vincent College

Teaching Assignments

  • Ecology
  • General Botany 
  • General Biology I and II
  • Environmental Science
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (Labs)


  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Malone University (2018-present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Biology, Shaw University (2017)
  • Lab Instructor/Teaching Assistant, UNC Chapel Hill Biology Department (2013-2018) 
  • Teaching Assistant, UNC Chapel Hill Curriculum for Environment & Ecology (2012)
  • Environmental Educator, Keystone State Park (2009)


I was born in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where I grew up playing sports, landscaping, and exploring the outdoors. After living in the Triangle region of North Carolina for 3/4 of a decade during graduate school, my wife, Angelica, and I moved to the Akron/Canton area in 2018.

I'm a Catholic scientist devoted to uniting faith and science and to the pursuit of truth. I like to provide others the tools and experiences to learn to think critically about the world around them so that they can come to more deeply recognize the beauty of God's creation and to discern truth in their lives.

My wife and I like to stay active in our church and our community, and in my spare time, I enjoy hiking, playing music, exercising, cooking, spending time with my family, and adventuring (especially outdoors).

My research interests are broad with past experiences studying bats, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, plants, habitat attributes, and bioacoustics. My graduate work involved extensive remeasurement and analysis of >100,000 trees for an 80-year-long permanent plot study in the Duke Forest to better understand long-term forest dynamics so as to inform my general understanding of forests and their inhabitants. This broad but rich understanding of forests fosters collaborative relationships with both colleagues and students.