Brian Pierce

Associate Director

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Brian Pierce

As an associate director for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Brian Pierce provides leadership on the development of collaborative research programs between Texas AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M University system, governmental agencies (state, national, and international), and non-governmental research partners. 

Pierce conducts research on wildlife-habitat relationships and provides support to institute personnel on research design, data management, and statistical analyses. Prior to becoming a wildlife biologist, Pierce worked as an analytical chemist developing polymer and tagged antibody-based contrast agents for medical imaging (CT, MRI; Division of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Research Imaging Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio), and as an environmental monitoring specialist for the Department of Defense (JACADS chemical weapon demilitarization program, Southwest Research Institute).


Ph.D. Candidate - Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Texas A&M University
M.S. - Wildlife Biology. Southwest Texas State University
B.S. - Biology. University of Texas at San Antonio

Journal Articles

Tomeček, J. M., B. L. Pierce, and M. J. Peterson. 2015. Quail Abundance, Hunter Effort, and Harvest of Two Texas Quail Species: Implications for Hunting Management. Accepted 13 June 2015. Wildlife Biology

Pierce, B.L., T.A. Roster, M.C. Frisbie, C.D. Mason & J.A. Roberson. 2015. A comparison of lead and steel shot loads for harvesting mourning doves. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39:103-115 (DOI: 10.1002/wsb.504).

Anderson, R., A. Engeling, A. Grones, R. R. Lopez, B. L. Pierce, K. Skow, and T. Snelgrove.. 2014. Status update and trends of Texas rural working lands. Texas Land Trends 1(1):1-13. Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, College Station, Texas. URL:

Schmidt, P. M., R. R. Lopez, and B. L. Pierce. 2007.  Estimating free-roaming cat densities in urban areas: comparison of mark-resight and distance sampling. Wildlife Biology.  3:18-27.

Roberts, C. W., B. L. Pierce, A. W. Braden, R. R. Lopez, N. J. Silvy, P. A. Frank, and D. Ransom, Jr. 2006. Comparison of camera and road survey estimates for white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management. 70:263-267.

Lopez, R. R., D. Ransom, Jr., B. L. Pierce, and N. J. Silvy. 2005. A quantitative technique for determining nest-site fidelity. Texas Journal of Science. 57:67-74.

Lopez, R. R., N. J. Silvy, B. L. Pierce, P. A. Frank, M. T. Wilson, and K. M. Burke. 2004. Population density of the endangered Florida Key deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:570-575.

Lopez, R. R., N. J. Silvy, P. A. Frank, and B. L. Pierce. 2003. Effects of supplemental feeding of Key deer behavior in urban areas. Florida Scientist. 66:267-272.

Williams, R. L., Siegle, R. L., Salman, M., Ollom, C. M., Cortinas, N. S., Simmons, A. M., Pierce, B. L., OrangKhadivi, K., and Chaudhuri, A. R. 1996. Substrate modification of melanin polymers to increase effectiveness of contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging. Academic Radiology 3:S365-S369.

Orang-Khadivi, K., Pierce, B. L., Ollom, C. M., Floyd, L. J., Siegle, R. L., and Williams, R. F. 1994. New Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques for the Detection of Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 32:119-135. 

Williams, R. L., Siegle, R. L., Pierce, B. L., and Floyd, L. J. 1994. Analogs of Synthetic Melanin Polymers for Specific Imaging Applications. Investigative Radiology 29:S116-S119.

Book Chapters

Pierce, B. L., R. R. Lopez, and N. J. Silvy. 2012. Estimating animal abundance. Pages 284-310 in N. J. Silvy. The wildlife techniques manual: Management. 7th Edition. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

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