Dr. Fred E. Smeins
Plant and range ecology
Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan - Plant & Animal Ecology
M.A. University of Saskatchewan - Plant & Animal Ecology
B.A. Augustana College - Biology
Texas A&M University
534 John Kimbrough
WFES Building, room 316
College Station, Texas 77843
Dr. Smeins is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University. He received his BA (1963) in Biology from Augustana College and his MA (1965) and Ph.D (1967) in Plant and Animal Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan. From 1967 to 1969 he was Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of North Dakota. He joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1969 as an Assistant Professor; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1973 and to Professor 1979.
Dr. Smeins teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology and natural resource management. He has received several university and professional society awards for excellence in teaching.
His research focuses on understanding the structure and dynamics of rangeland (grassland, wetland, savannah) ecosystems as influenced by herbivory, soil, fire and weather. Factors that control the pattern and rate of plant succession and retrogression are primary objects of study. Primary production, plant competition, woody/herbaceous plant interactions, soil seed banks, species diversity patterns and endangered species are investigated. Research is conducted in tallgrass prairies, Edwards Plateau savannahs, longleaf pine savannahs and coastal marshes. He has conducted research and development work in Kenya, Somalia, Morocco, Venezuela and Italy. Over 85 technical papers, book chapters and bulletins have been published. Current research includes life history and successional studies of Ash juniper, life history studies of Olney bulrush, impact of snow geese on coastal marsh plant communities, habitat features of Golden Cheeked Warblers, influence of summer burning on Edwards Plateau rangelands and Blackland Prairie Restoration.