Dr. Doug Beard has been selected as the new chief of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The Center, a part of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is tasked with understanding the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife and developing tools that resource managers can use to protect wildlife and their habitats. As head of the NCCWSC, Beard will also oversee the establishment and program direction of the Department of the Interior’s eight regional Climate Science Centers.

Beard has served as the interim director of the NCCWSC since September 2009. Prior to that, he served as program coordinator for fisheries and aquatic and endangered resources at USGS. Beard has a Ph.D. in zoology and worked in fisheries management in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources before joining the USGS.


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