T.M. O’Connor and Regents Professor

Department of Ecology & Conservation Biology


Research Themes
  • Rangeland Systems and Stewardship
  • Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Translational Science – Management Knowledge
Teaching Program  
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Social-Ecological Systems
  • Graduate Seminar Mentor


Recent Awards and Honors

Dr. David Briske Receives 2020 Frederic G Renner Award


David D. Briske is T.M. O’Connor & Regents Professor in the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University. Professor Briske’s teaching program emphasizes ecological literacy to prepare the next generation of leaders to navigate the challenging environmental issues of our time. His research and scholarship have focused on ecological function, management strategies, and policy consequences of global rangelands.  He served as Editor-in-Chief of ‘Rangeland Ecology & Management’, academic coordinator of the USDA ‘Conservation Effects Assessment Project’ (CEAP), and editor of the volumes ‘Conservation Benefits of Rangeland Practices’ (USDA 2011) and ‘Rangeland Systems: Processes, Management and Challenges’ (Springer 2017). Current research priorities address climate risk assessment to support rangeland conservation through maintenance of working lands in the Great Plains, and a more complete accounting of the diverse ecosystem services to more clearly define the value of global rangelands.

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