Dr. William "Bill" E. Fox III
Rangeland restoration, ecology
B.S. Range Science Texas A&M University
M.S. Animal & Range Science, New Mexico State University
Ph.D. Rangeland Ecology & Management Texas A&M University
Dr. William E. "Bill" Fox earned a bachelors degree in range science from Texas A&M University, a masters in animal and range science from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in rangeland ecology & management from Texas A&M University. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor with Texas AgriLife Research at the Blackland Research & Extension Center (BREC) in Temple, TX and serves as an Adjunct faculty member with the Ecosystem Science & Management Department at Texas A&M.
Dr. Fox's research focuses on restoration of drastically disturbed rangelands with an emphasis on recovery of military training lands. He is currently studying the impacts of soil amendments (compost and other nutrient based additives) and their effect on restoring desirable vegetation communities in an effort to slow accelerated erosion on the Army's Fort Hood reservation. In addition to these field efforts, Dr. Fox has partnered with scientists at BREC in an effort to adapt bio-physical, process based simulation models (APEX/SWAT) for application on military landscapes. These efforts center on providing military land managers with tools that will allow them to optimize training land recovery programs to meet the needs of training as well as stewardship of the installations natural resource base.
In addition, Dr. Fox is working with BREC scientists to determine the feasibility of applying simulation models (APEX/SWAT) to other industries and land forms in an effort to provide meaningful decision support for land managers across a wide array of land uses including application in the oil and gas development industry. Last, Dr. Fox is working with collaborators from around the Nation in an effort to develop concepts illustrating the integration of the bio-physical and socio-economic subsystems of ecosystems. These efforts have resulted in the development of the Integrated Social, Economic & Ecological Conceptual (ISEEC) Framework that has been used to illustrate interactions between these sub-systems over time. The ISEEC framework is being used to test the applicability of Criteria & Indicators developed by the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable in assessing sustainability of rangelands in the United States.