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Herpetology in the federal government: a personal view

March 1, 1999

In late 1976, I received a phone call from an ichthyological colleague who asked if I would be willing to take a temporary position in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) Office of Endangered Species (OES) in Washington. They had a backlog of proposed and final rules that needed to be finished, and they thought that a 30-day stint by a temporary herpetologist would clear the slate. Thus began a 23-year odyssey through the sometimes bizarre, sometimes rewarding, sometimes discouraging, but always different federal government. Fortunately, I have been able to stay involved with herpetology, both as a science and in terms of conservation policy. In my career, I have worked both in an administrative and in a research capacity. Many individuals with an interest in herpetology enter the federal government as field biologists and drift into administration as they become older and removed from the dynamically changing nature of their science. I moved in the other direction.

Publication Year 1999
Title Herpetology in the federal government: a personal view
Authors C. Kenneth Dodd
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetologists' League Communications
Index ID 70162426
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Southeast Ecological Science Center