Rob Kinucan, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost
Sul Ross State University
PO Box C-110
Alpine, TX 79832
Office phone: (432) 837-8201
Fax: (432) 837-8406
Email: kinucan@sulross.edu

Research Specialties

Rangeland Ecology
Big Game Ecology
Ecological Succession
Upland Gamebird Ecology
Plant Population Biology
Habitat Management


Dr. Rob Kinucan is Executive Vice President and Provost of Sul Ross State University and a Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Management. His research interests are in rangeland ecology, ecological succession and plant population biology. Dr. Kinucan is past president of the Non-Land-Grant Agricultural and Renewable Resource Universities (NARRU, formerly AASCARR), where he currently serves on the board of directors, as chair of the membership committee, and as NARRU representative to the USDA Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS). He is also past president of the Agricultural Consortium of Texas where he currently serves as the Sul Ross State University representative. Dr. Kinucan has served as an associate editor for the Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources since 1988 and has been a Certified Professional in Range Management since 2001.

Prior to joining Sul Ross in 1988, Dr. Kinucan was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management at Texas A&M University, a postdoctoral research associate with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Blackland Prairie Laboratory in College Station, Texas, and a TAMU College of Agriculture Tom Slick Graduate Research Fellow. He earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, where his dissertation focused on seed banks, plant competition and successional processes in grazed systems on the Edwards Plateau. He earned an M.S. in Range Management from the University of Wyoming and a B.S. in Range Resources from the University of Idaho.

Research Specialties

Rangeland Ecology
Ecological Succession
Plant Population Biology

Courses Taught

NRM 2301 Range Resources
NRM 3303 Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources
NRM 5302 Seminar in Range and Wildlife Management: Rangeland Ecology

Selected Publications

Schnapp, L. A. and R. J. Kinucan. 2010. An abbreviated fire history of the southwestern United States. Pages 1-7 in Trans-Pecos Prescribed Fire Symposium. April 8-9, 2010. Alpine, Texas.

McDonald, A. K., R. J. Kinucan, and L. E. Loomis. 2009. Ecohydrological interactions within banded vegetation in the northeastern Chihuahuan Desert, USA. Ecohydrology 2: 66-71.

Kinucan, R. J., L. L. Loomis, B. J. Warnock, and K. A. Cearley. 1999. Banded vegetation and soil patterns in the Stockton Plateau, West Texas, USA. Pages 122-124 in Proc. of the VI International Rangeland Congress. July 19-23, 1999. Townsville, Australia.

Vanzant, T. J. III., R. J. Kinucan, and A. W. McGinty. 1997. Mixed-brush reestablishment following herbicide treatment in the Davis Mountains, West Texas. Texas J. Agr. Nat. Res. 10:15-23.

Scholl, E. L. and R. J. Kinucan. 1996. Grazing effects on reproductive characteristics of common curlymesquite (Hilaria belangeri). Southwestern Naturalist 41(3):251-256.

Cooper, T. W., R. R. Hollander, R. J. Kinucan and J. K. Jones, Jr. 1993. Systematic status of the deer mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus, on the Llano Estacado and in adjacent areas. Texas J. Sci. 45:1-16.

Hollander, R. R., R. N. Robertson and R. J. Kinucan.  1992. First records of the nutria, Myocastor coypus, in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas. Texas J. Sci. 44:119.

Marquart, R. C., R. J. Kinucan and D. I. Davis. 1992. Dry matter digestibility of fourwing saltbush (Atriplex canescens) mixed with blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis). Texas J. Agr. Nat. Res. 5:121-126.

Koostra, J. B., R. J. Kinucan and D. I. Davis. 1992. A comparison of microbial cellulase and live cell rumen inoculum for estimating in vitro digestibility of range grasses. Texas J. Agr. Nat. Res. 5:67-71.

Kinucan, R. J. and F. E. Smeins. 1992. Soil seed bank of a semiarid Texas grassland under three long-term (36-years) grazing regimes. Amer. Midl. Nat. 128:11-21.

Kinucan, R. J. and F. E. Smeins. 1988. Soil seed bank as influenced by grazing history on the Edwards Plateau, Texas. Section 01.01 in A. Davis and G. Stanford, editors. The prairie: roots of our culture; foundation of our economy. Proc. of the Tenth North American Prairie Conference, Denton, Texas. June 22-26, 1986. Native Prairie Association of Texas, Dallas, Texas.