Dr. Tim Steffens



Assistant Professor and AgriLife Extension Specialist


Rangeland Resource Management


Ph.D. Colorado State University (Rangeland Ecology and Management)
MS Texas Tech University (Animal Nutrition)
BS Tarleton State University (Agricultural Education)


(806) 651-2781




Department of Agriculture Sciences
WTAMU Box 60998
Canyon, Texas 79016-0001

Current Courses:  Fundamentals of Ecology; Integrated Grazing and Wildlife Habitat Management; Basic Range/Forage/Wildlife Management; Rangeland Improvements; Rangeland Inventories and Measurements

 Dr. Steffens has a joint appointment with the Agriculture Sciences Department at West Texas A&M and with Texas AgriLife Extension in the field of rangeland resource management.  He has been a rangeland management with Colorado Cooperative Extension.  He has also managed a 1300 cow ranch for the Mescalero Apaches in southern New Mexico.  His experience also includes working directly with producers on rangeland issues including grazing management, prescribed fire, livestock nutrition and T&E species as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the USDA-NRCS in southeastern Colorado.  He also worked as the extension project manager for the nationally recognized Seco Creek Water Quality Demonstration Project.  His current research and extension interests include managing ecological succession using targeted grazing management, developing integrated livestock-rangeland-cropping systems to improve soil quality and improve conservation as well as brush and weed management.

 Peer Reviewed Publications

Provenza, F., H. Pringle, D. Revell, N. Bray, C. Hines, R. Teague, T. Steffens, M. Barnes.  2013.  Complex creative systems: principles, processes and practices of transformation.  Rangelands 35:  6-13.
Frasier, W.M. and T. Steffens.  2013.  Stocking rate decisions are not related to what you paid for your land or pickup.  Rangelands 35: 14-21.
Steffens, T., G. Grissom, M. Barnes, F. Provenza and R. Roath.  2013.  Adaptive grazing management for recovery.  Rangelands 35:  28-34.
Grissom, G. and T. Steffens.  Adaptive grazing management at rancho largo cattle company.  Rangelands 35:  35-44.
Teague, R., F. Provenza, U. Kreuter, T. Steffens, M. Barnes.  Multi-paddock grazing on rangelands: Why the perceptual dichotomy between research results and rancher experience?  Journal of Environmental Management.  128:  699-717.
Mount, D.E., T. J. Steffens, D.N. Schutz, and. J. C. Whittier.   2009. Fibrous and non-fibrous carbohydrate supplementation to ruminants grazing forage from small grain crops.  The Professional Animal Scientist 25: 139-144.
Teague, R., F. Provenza, B. Norton, T, Steffens, M. Barnes, M. Kothmann, and R. Roath.  2008.  Benefits of multi-paddock grazing management on rangelands: limitations of experimental grazing research and knowledge gaps.  In: Grasslands: Ecology, Management and Restoration.  Nova Science Publishers Inc.  Hauppauge, NY.

Contact Us

We have moved! After a restructuring that occurred in January 2020, our department and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences disbanded. From the restructuring, two new departments were formed. Visit the new departmental sites for up-to-date information. 

Learn More:
Ecology and Conservation Biology
Rangeland Wildlife and Fisheries Management

Advising for ESSM:
Advising for students in the legacy ESSM programs is now situated under AGLS Advising Center 7

Undergraduate Advising | Ann Pool
Graduate Advising | Amanda Ray

Department Resources

College of Ag and Life Sciences

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