Fred C. Bryant, Ph.D. was the Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville until his retirement in 2017. He is a 4th generation Texan, and received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University in 1970, a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology in 1974 from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Range Science from Texas A&M University in 1977.
Fred was the Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute from 1996 to 2017. Their mission 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, he was Professor of Range Management in the Department of Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University. 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, (King Ranch, Inc., 2003), and Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to Their Foods and Habitat Management (University of Texas 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 Resource 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 1996 to 2002, where he chaired the Lands and Conservation Committee for 5 years, and was reappointed to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board in 2008. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, 1997 to present, and has served as President of the State Professional Societies for both the Society for Range Management and The Wildlife Society.