U.S. Geological Survey
Regional Director, Pacific, USGS
As Regional Director for the Pacific Region, Mark Sogge oversees USGS centers in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.Career History and Highlights
Mark began his federal career in 1983 and has held a variety of science and leadership positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, and USGS. Prior to beginning federal service, Mark worked as a chemist in the Research and Development divisions at the IBM facilities in San Jose, California, and held a variety of other private sector jobs. As a USGS ecologist and research scientist from 1996 - 2008, he led studies that focused on threatened and endangered birds, and Southwest riparian habitats.
Mark has extensive experience in USGS science management and leadership, starting as Station Leader at the Southwest Biological Science Center (2005-2008), as Chief of Staff for the Western Regional Director (2008-2010), as Associate Regional Executive for the former Pacific Southwest Region (2010-2012), and most recently as Associate Regional Director in the Southwest Region (2012-2013).
Over the course of his tenure with USGS, Mark has undertaken numerous temporary assignments including Director of the Columbia River Research Lab (2003), Deputy Western Region Biologist (2006), national Program Coordinator for Wildlife and Terrestrial Resources (2007), Western Region Deputy Director (2008), Chief of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (2009), and Pacific Southwest Area Senior Science Advisor (2010). In the summer of 2010, he was assigned to the BP Crisis Center in Houston, where he assisted USGS Director Marcia McNutt in coordinating science teams responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Most recently he has served as Regional Director for the Pacific Region, overseeing USGS centers in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.Education
Mark received his bachelor's degree in chemistry/biochemistry from San Jose State University, and a master's degree in zoology from the University of California Davis. Although he has spent the past 23 years in Flagstaff, Arizona, Mark grew up in the Sacramento area to which he will be returning for the new Pacific Regional Director role.