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Timothy E. Fulbright, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Regents Professor


Timothy (Tim) Edward Fulbright is a Regents Professor 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. His primary research interests are wildlife habitat management and habitat restoration. His special interest is white-tailed deer habitat ecology and management.  Additional interests are range management impacts and effects of exotic grasses on wildlife, biodiversity, and ecological processes. 

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 been an associate editor for the Journal of Wildlife management since 2015.  He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Range Management (now Rangeland Ecology and Management) during 1989-1993 and the Wildlife Society Bulletin during 2012-2015.  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 or coauthored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous book chapters, 28 popular articles, and more than 200 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; and the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Range Management in 2015.

Habitat Management, Restoration & Research

Research Interest

Habitat and Rangeland Ecology

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