Timothy E. Fulbright, Ph.D.

Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus
Serving Since

Timothy (Tim) Edward Fulbright is a research scientist at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He developed his love of the outdoors while spending time with his great-Uncles and friends on their ranches. Tim graduated magna cum laude from Abilene Christian University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. He obtained his Master's degree in Wildlife Biology from Abilene Christian University in 1978. In 1981, he completed a Ph.D. in range ecology at Colorado State University. Tim became an assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (then Texas A&I University) in 1981. He chaired the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences from 1996-2000.

Tim’s primary research interests are wildlife habitat management and habitat restoration. His special interests are white-tailed deer habitat ecology and management, and thermal ecology of quail and deer. His other interests are range management impacts and effects of exotic grasses on wildlife, biodiversity, and ecological processes. He also completed research in 2020 on the effects of agricultural development on ecology of pronghorns in the Texas Panhandle.

Tim's international experiences include participation in a scientist exchange program in 1989 during which he spent two weeks in Bulgaria while it was still under communist rule visiting with researchers in Sophia and the Balkan Mountains. He has been to the Middle East on three separate occasions as a member of the Research and Demonstration Advisory Committee of the International Arid Lands Consortium. He is a member of the IUCN- World Conservation Organization Deer Specialist Group. He has also conducted research on black bears in the state of Coahuila in Mexico.

Tim has chaired or co-chaired committees of 45 master of science students and 7 Ph.D. students. He taught WSCI 6387, Wildlife Habitat Management, during the spring semester from 2008-2019. He has chaired many university committees including the Quality Enhancement Plan Advisory Committee (2004-2006) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2011-2012).

Tim was associate editor for the Journal of Wildlife management from 2015-2020 and the Wildlife Society Bulletin from 2012-2015.  He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Range Management (now Rangeland Ecology and Management) during 1989-1993.  He is past-President of the Texas Section, Society for Range Management and served as Secretary for the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society during 2011-2012. Tim has authored 117 peer-reviewed journal articles and symposium proceedings, 15 book chapters, and more than 38 popular articles. He has authored or co-authored more than 500 presentations at scientific meetings.  He co-authored the book White-tailed Deer Habitat: Ecology and Management on Rangelands with Poncho Ortega published in English by Texas A&M University Press in 2006 and in Spanish in 2007. He and Dr. Ortega expanded the focus of the book to the entire western United States and northern Mexico and published a second edition of the book in English in 2013 and in Spanish in 2016. He also co-edited Wildlife Science: Linking Ecological Theory and Management Application with David Hewitt published by CRC Press. Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to their Foods and Habitat Management by Jon Larson, Tim Fulbright, Leonard Brennan, Fidel Hernandez and Fred Bryant was published in 2010 by University of Texas Press.

Tim has received numerous awards for his research and publications.  He received the Texas A&I University, College of Agriculture and Home Economics Faculty Award of Excellence and the Texas A&I University Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award in 1992; the Publication Award for a technical article from the Texas Section, Society for Range Management in 1997; the Regents Professor Service Award in 2000, one of the highest awards given by the Texas A&M University System; the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in Support of System Academic Partnership Efforts, The Agriculture Program of the Texas A&M University System in 2001; the Outstanding Technical Publication Award from the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2002 and 2003; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management in 2004; and the Publication Award for an outstanding book from the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2006; the Senior Research Award, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences in 2007; the Publication Award for the special category from the Texas Section, Society for Range Management in 2008; the Outstanding Scientific Publication Award from the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2011; the Charles Weddle Award for lifetime achievement in the field of Texas native plants from the Native Plant Society of Texas in 2014; the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management in 2015; and the Senior Research Award, Texas A&M University- Kingsville, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 2020.

Habitat Management, Restoration & Research

Research Interest

Habitat and Rangeland Ecology