Tyler has been the Chief Science Officer with the East Foundation since April 2013, providing leadership and oversight to the Foundation’s charitable program devoted to advancing land stewardship through ranching, science, and education.
Tyler was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and was raised in Olathe, Kansas, where he developed his appreciation for the outdoors working on a dairy farm and a Christmas tree farm during his high school years – when he wasn’t fishing.
He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management in 1996, from Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a MS degree in Range and Wildlife Management in 1999, and from the University of Georgia with a PhD degree in Forest Resources in 2003. During his formal schooling, Tyler conducted research on everything from small mammals to snakes and lizards to desert kit foxes to white-tailed deer nutrition, antler development, and movement ecology.
In August 2004, Tyler was selected as the Field Station Leader for the National Wildlife Research Center’s (USDA APHIS Wildlife Services) new field station located on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. From 2004 to March 2013, Tyler led a project devoted to developing solutions to resolving wild pig damage for the Center, stationed in both Texas and Florida.
Tyler is an active member (serving in elected positions and on various committees) of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Texas Section Society for Range Management, and the Texas Wildlife Association. Tyler has worked closely with more than 45 graduate students completing their graduate research programs and countless undergraduate student volunteers and field technicians supporting these efforts. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters and maintains adjunct faculty status at Sul Ross State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Tyler and Stephanie have three wonderful and very active children – Wes, Morgan, and Aubrey, and they reside in San Antonio.