Dr. Joseph L. Schuster



Emeritus Professor of Range Management, Former Department Head, Rangeland Ecology and Management


Range management


A.S. (General Agriculture), Tarleton State College, 1952
B.S. (Range and Forestry), Texas A & M University, 1954
M.S. (Range Ecology), Colorado State University, 1959
Ph.D. (Range Science), Texas A & M University, 1962

Current Position: President/Principal Consultant, Range and Wildlife Habitat Consultants, LLC



  • A.S. (General Agriculture), Tarleton State College, 1952
  • B.S. (Range and Forestry), Texas A & M University, 1954
  • M.S. (Range Ecology), Colorado State University, 1959
  • Ph.D. (Range Science), Texas A & M University, 1962

Employment History:

  • Principal Consultant, Range & Wildlife Habitat Consultants, LLC since 1998
  • Emeritus Prof. Rangeland Ecology & Mgmt. Texas A & M University 5/97-
  • Prof. Rangeland Ecology & Mgnt. Texas A & M University 5/93- 5/97
  • Professor  & Head, Rangeland Ecology & Mgnt., Texas A & M Univ.5/72- 5/93
  • Professor  & Chairman, Range & Wildlife Mgnt. Depart, Texas Tech Univ.9/69 to 5/72
  • Asst/Assoc. Prof., Range & Wildlife Mgnt. Depart. , Texas Tech Univ. 2/64-8/69
  • Research Scientist/Wildlife Habitat Research, U.S. Forest Service, USDA 5/61-2/64
  • Teaching Assistant, Range Science, Texas A & M University, 9/59-5/61
  • Teaching Assistant, Range Ecology, Colorado State University, 9/57-6/59
  • Infantry Officer & Pilot, U.S. Army, 5/54-8/57; U.S. Army Reserves 8/57-5/84
  • Assistant Range Conservationist, USDA Soil Conservation Service, 2/54-5/57

Professional Highlights:

  • Chairman of Texas Tech's Range and Wildlife Department (developed Texas Tech's   range and wildlife curricula and directed Tech's Brush and Weed Control program). 
  • Head of Texas A &M University's range program for 21 years (developed and directed the Nation's largest range management teaching, range research and extension program).
  • Commander USAR Military Intelligence unit for seven years (supported the Defense Intelligence Agency's worldwide computer security mission).


Professional Certification:

  • Certified Range Management Consultant, Society for Range Management since 1983
  • Certified Range Management Professional, Society for Range Management since 2000
  • Licensed Private Pesticide Applicator, Texas Department of Agriculture since 1995

Professional Awards and Recognition:

  • Dean's Council, College of Agri. Human Sciences, Tarleton State University, 2008-
  • Honor Alumnus, College of Agriculture, Tarleton State University, 2002
  • Fred Renner Award in Excellence, Soc. for Range Management's Highest Award, 2000
  • Dep. Chancellor's Award, Excellence in Administration, Texas A & M U. System, 1992
  • President, The Society for Range management, 1984
  • Fellow, Society for Range management, 1984
  • Legion of Merit, U.S. Army Reserves, 1983
  • Honor Alumnus, College of Forestry, Colorado State University, 1981
  • Outstanding Range Man of the Year, TX Section, Society for Range Management, 1975
  • President, Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 1972
  • President, Texas Section, Society for Range management, 1969
  • President, South Plains Chapter, Soil Conservation Society of America, 1965 &1966
  • Honorary Director for Life, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association- 1979

Environmental and Ecological Assessments/Damage Expert Witness Experience


  • Impacts of Herbicides: Edwards and Associates, Lubbock, Texas 1968-71, West Central Texas Water District, Abilene, TX, damage suit,1970 and  pipeline ROW  damage suit, 1971; Callan Ranches, Bryan, TX. Herbicide damage suit, 1974-78; Campbell Ranch, Uvalde County, herbicide damage suit, 1974; Dow Chemical Company, Agent Orange suit, 1983.
  • Oil, gas and mineral exploration impacts and/or remediation: Consultant to Amoco on salt and oil spill reclamation, 1975-76; Richard and A.W. Gates Ranches oil field damage testimony 1978-82 & 1985-86; T. M. O'Connor Ranches Inc. oil exploration damage consultancies 1978-93, Rush Ranch oil spill suit, Goliad Co., TX,1996; Crown X Ranch, Brewster Co., TX, fire damage suit TX 1996;  Goodwin Ranch, Zapata, TX ROW damage suit 1996;  Alaniz & Coyne vs. HCM Partnership oil exploration damage suit Atascosa Co., 1999-00; Herradura Ranch, Cotulla TX, oil exploration damage assessment 2001; American National Power, Houston, TX, ecological impacts of ROW expert testimony 2001; Duke Energy, pipeline ROW damage assessment 2/2003; Purvis Brothers ranch (Comanche Co.) damage suit, 2003; Van Huseman vs. Neumin Production Co. alleged seismic row damage suite, Refugio County, Tx., 2004-2007; Schievink & Schievink vs. Wendylou Ranch, Inc. ROW damage suite Erath County, 2005; Cardenas vs. Samson Resources alleged seismic ROW damage suit 2006; Ecological Site Description development contract with USDA, NRCS, 2004 -2008.
  • Rangeland, Pasture and Wildlife Habitat Management Consultancies: A.R. Sanchez ranch consultation, Laredo, TX 1973, El Sauz Ranch consultant, Raymondville, TX 1976-79, Winrock International, Morrelton, AR 1981, Friendship Ranch plan, Tucker, TX 1988-89, Parson Ranch plan, Palestine, TX 1989-90, Mid South Corporation, Houston, TX, Ranch planning and management 1991- 2001, Herradura Ranch, La Salle Co., TX consultant 1993-2003, Shriner Ranch vs. lessee suit, McMullen Co., TX 1994, Morgan O'Connor Ranch, Goliad Co. TX ranch plan,1995; Moody Ranch, Edwards, Co. TX consultancy, 1993 & 96, Texas Municipal Power Agency, Grimes Co. TX vegetation management consultant 1996-2001; Tres Lagos Ranch, Jim Hogg Co., TX, plan 1998, Williamson County, TX Appraisal District Agriculture Valuation suit, 1999; Kusch vs. Gilmore anthrax damage suit, Grayson Co., TX 2000; Pat Welder Ranches Ranch wildlife habitat plans and habitat management consultancy, Calhoun & San Patricio Co., TX 2002; Schuster of Texas, Goldthwaite, TX  ranch consultancy, 2001; Rafter R Ranch, Frio Co. TX wildlife management consultancy 2001; Tejas Hunt Club vs. Encinitos Ranch lawsuit, Falfurrias, TX 2002; Maltsberger vs. Storey Estate, Brady, et al damage suit, 2003; 111 Ranch plan and ecological restoration consultancy, Bandera Co., 2004-2009; Waters Ranch, Childress Co., TX ranch consultancy, 2007; Runnels Ranch, Grimes Co. ranch plan 2008.


Recent Publications (160 life time)

  • Schuster, J.L. 1995. Principles and practices for arid and semi-arid land of the Arabian Gulf. In: Proceedings 2nd Inter. Conf. on Range Management in the Arabian Gulf Countries, Kuwait City 1990, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, pp 77-86.
  • Schuster, J. L. 1997. Restoring Structure and Function of Degraded Ecosystems, Keynote Address: Conference on Desert Development in the Arabian Gulf Countries. Kuwait City, 1996. Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.
  • J.L. Schuster 1996. Soil and Vegetation Management: Keys to Water Conservation on Rangeland. TX Agri. Extension Service B-6040, 11 pp.
  • Hatch, S.L., J.L. Schuster and D.L. Drawe. 1997. Grasses of the Texas Gulf Coast Prairie and Marshes, TX A & M University Press, College Station, TX, 355 pp.
  • Ecological Site Descriptions written by J.L. Schuster under contract for USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): (Ecological Site Descriptions are Technical Guides. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources of the sites described. They are published on the USDA web site:
    • For Major Land Resource Area 81B (Central Edwards Plateau) - 11 in 2005
    • For Major Land Resource Area 81C (Eastern Edwards Plateau) - five in 2005
    • For Major Land Resource Area 78B (Rolling Plains-Western Part) -seven in 2006
    • For Major Land Resource Area 77D (Southern High Plains-S W Part) - two in 2006
    • For Major Land Resource Area 133B (East Texas Timberlands) - four in 2006-07
    • For Major Land Resource Area 78C (Rolling Plains-Eastern Part) - nine in 2007-2008

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