Assistant Professor, Rangeland Resource Management
Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 213N
Dr. Steffens joined the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences in 2013. He received a B.S. in Agricultural education from Tarleton State University in 1982, an M.S. in Animal Nutrition from Texas Tech University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science from Colorado State University in 1994.
Teaching and Related Service
Dr. Steffens teaches Rangeland Ecology; Range Plant Identification; Range Improvements; Range/Forage/Wildlife Management; Range Measurements; and Integrated Grazing and Wildlife Management. He also has a 40% appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as a rangeland management specialist.
Dr. Steffens has authored numerous refereed journal articles on grazing management to achieve desired outcomes and has been an invited speaker throughout the western United States for both scientific and producer oriented meetings on the subject of grazing management.
Dr. Steffens is a member of the Society for Range Management where has served as a state section president and Advisory Council chair for the parent society and currently serves on the Excellence in Rangeland Stewardship committee for the Texas Section.
Research and Creative Activity
Dr. Steffens’ research interests include the effects of grazing management strategies on plants communities, soils, watershed function, wildlife habitat, and livestock productivity. He also is interested in exploring integrated rangeland-livestock-cropping production strategies, using livestock to directly harvest crops, and production of forage finished meats using this approach.
Dr. Steffens lives in Wildorado with his wife Emilia and their son, Matthew. He enjoys raising sheep for meat and landscape improvement and training and raising his border collie dogs He has worked in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas as a ranch manager for the Mescalero Apaches, extension specialist, USDA-NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist, an instructor for the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management, as well as being a high school Agriculture Science Teacher.