Dr. Paul Bosland

Dr. Paul Bosland is currently a Regents Professor in horticulture at New Mexico State University and Director of the Chile Pepper Institute. He is popularly known as the "Chileman." He leads the chile breeding and genetics research program at NMSU. Dr. Bosland is recognized nationally/internationally as one of the foremost experts on Capsicum. He has published more than 100 scientific papers dealing with chile pepper and is co-author of 6 books. He serves as the chairman of the annual New Mexico Chile Conference. He has served as chairman of the USDA Capsicum Crop Advisory Committee.

Dr. Boslandhas received many honors and awards for excellence in research and teaching, including being named a Regents Professor, the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics Distinguished Researcher Award, inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Wilson’s Guide to Experts in Science and Technology, Distinguished Award for Graduate Teaching/Achievement Gamma Sigma Delta, and the infamous IgNobel, at Harvard University. He was honored by the European Scientific Committee on Capsicum and Eggplant by being the first American ever selected to serve on this Committee. He has delivered invited presentations or been a visiting professor at more than 30 of the nation’s leading universities including, Harvard, MIT and U.C. Davis. 

Dr. Bosland and his program have been featured in many media outlets. These range from Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, Men’s Health, Martha Stewart’s Living, National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, Scientific American Frontiers, Food Network, Discovery Channel, to name just a few, and was highlighted in the award winning video "Green Gold - From the Maya to the Moon." He even has been an expert consult to the television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” 

He earned his B.S. degree in 1976 in genetics, and an M.S. degree in vegetable crops in 1977 at U.C. Davis. While at U. C. Davis, he also earned a secondary teaching credential and subsequently taught at the high school and the community college level. Additionally, he worked in the Cooperative Extension Service as a Research Associate administering potato trials in California. After these experiences, he returned to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics in 1986. He joined the faculty in the Department of Horticulture at New Mexico State University in 1986, where he rose through the ranks to full professor in 1994. 

His research has graced numerous International Science journals and one of his cultivars, ‘NuMex Twilight’, has been acclaimed by Organic Gardening as a “Plant Worth Having”. Likewise, he has generously devoted his time as a classroom teacher in undergraduate and graduate courses and is highly regarded for his teaching skills. He receives very high compliments from his students in all of his courses and has made international graduate education a cornerstone of his program.

Dr. Bosland is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Horticultural Sciences, Gamma Sigma Delta, New Mexico Academy of Science, Scientific Board- Eucarpia - Capsicum & Eggplant and Sigma Xi. 

He is married to Judy (27 years in Sept.) and has a daughter, Emily, and a son, William.