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Dr. LeAnn White has been selected as the new Center Director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC). 

Heatshot of LeAnn White against white office wall.
Dr. LeAnn White, National WIldlife Health Center Director.

Dr. White received a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Pathology and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Florida. She joined USGS in 2009 as a Field Epidemiologist and studied the ecology of diseases in multiple systems with field work focused on double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auratus) and sea otters (Enhydra lutris). From 2014-2020, Dr. White served as Chief of the Wildlife Epidemiology and Emerging Diseases Branch and broadened her focus to include developing standards for wildlife disease data and using social sciences to influence conservation action. As Deputy Center Director from 2020-2024, she assisted with day-to-day Center operations and incorporated systems thinking into the planning and evaluation of NWHC science directions and business operations.

As Center Director, Dr. White plans to focus on developing conditions (facilities, processes, and workforce) that will allow the Center to accomplish its vision of creating comprehensive solutions needed to improve wildlife health. She is looking forward to working with partners both internal and external to USGS to co-produce science needed to address ecosystem challenges, while continuing to build upon the Center’s reputation for excellence.

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