Fred Bryant, Ph.D.

Fred C. Bryant, Ph.D. is the Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He is a 4th generation Texan, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University in 1970. Fred obtained his Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology in 1974 from Utah State University, and his Ph.D. in Range Science from Texas A&M University in 1977.

Fred has been Director of the Institute since 1996. The mission of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is to provide science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in South Texas, Northern Mexico and related environments. From 1977 to 1996, Fred was Professor of Range Management in the Department of Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University.

Fred’s international experiences include research activities in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Morocco. In addition, he embarked upon short-term assignments in Venezuela, Indonesia, Australia, Ecuador, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The principal focus of his international research was on the pastures and rangelands of these countries, with specific emphasis on grazing animals.

Fred has co-authored 3 books, Wildlife Habitat Management of Forestlands, Rangelands, and Farmlands (Krieger Publications, 1998), Range Management: Integrating Cattle, Wildlife and Range, published by King Ranch, Inc. 2003 and Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to Their Foods and Habitat Management (UT Press 2010). He is also the author of several book chapters and numerous journal articles, bulletins and symposia reports, popular articles and abstracts. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University in 2002 and received the Professional Achievement Award from the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University in 1996. Fred was a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation from 1996 to 2002, where he chaired the Lands and Conservation Committee for five years. He was re-appointed to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board in 2008. He is also a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, (1997 to present). He has served as President of the state professional societies for both the Society for Range Management and The Wildlife Society. He served as President of the International Society for Range Management in 1995. In 2011, he was selected as one of four finalists for the Budweiser Conservationist of the Year. Fred and his lovely wife Janis have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren.