Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
M.S. Animal & Range Science, New Mexico State Universtiy
Ph.D. Rangeland Ecology & Management, Texas A&M University
Rangeland Restoration / Rangeland Ecology
Dr. Bill Fox is an Assistant Professor within the Ecosystem Science & Management Department at Texas A&M University and is centered at the Blackland Research & Extension Center in Temple, Texas. Fox earned his B.S. in Range Science from Texas A&M University in 1990, his M.S. in Animal & Range Sciences from New Mexico State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecology & Management from Texas A&M in 1999. After two years working within the energy industry consulting for linear utilities on environmental issues, Dr. Fox returned to the research/academic community at Texas A&M and spent five years with the Texas Water Resources Institute focused on key research issues within the state. In 2008, Dr. Fox joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research in his current role as an Assistant Professor at the Blackland Research & Extension Center. He has spent the last 5 years focused on assessment and restoration of drastically disturbed rangeland systems including military lands. He has adapted simulation models for use in rangeland systems focused on the Integration of bio-physical and socio-economic sub-systems and the impacts of management on natural resources. Dr. Fox is the Co-Director for the Sustainable Rangeland Roundtable, a government sponsored national think-tank that continues to work in the realm of monitoring/assessment of rangeland sustainability. He belongs to the Society for Range Management, Ecological Society of America, and Gamma Sigma Delta. Bill is a 4th generation Texan and an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing with his daughter and son at their family ranch in Bee County.