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Beard Named Chief of USGS Center

Douglas Beard, ’90 M.S. fish and wildlife science, has been named chief of the USGS’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). Created in 2009 through a secretarial order calling for the establishment of a set of regional climate-science centers, the goal of the NCCWSC is to research the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife and develop tools to protect these animals and their habitats.

“Earth’s climate is expected to have significant impacts on our nation’s fish and wildlife now and in the future,” said Beard, who also will oversee the establishment and program direction of the other climate-science centers as part of his position.

Beard formerly served as the interim director of the NCCWSC and as the USGS program coordinator for fisheries and aquatic and endangered resources. He has also held fishery management positions in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources.