Doug Beard is the Chief of the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) and the head of the broader CASC network, consisting of one national and nine regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers.
Doug Beard is the Chief of the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC). He previously held the position of Acting Associate Director for the Land Resources Mission Area. In this role, he provided executive level oversight for several programs, including the Land Change Science Program, Land Remote Sensing Program, National Climate Adaptation Science Center, Climate Research and Development Program, Carbon Sequestration assessments, and the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center.
Prior to joining the USGS, Doug served as the program coordinator for the USGS Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources Program and worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a staff fisheries biologist. Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a master’s degree in fish and wildlife sciences from Penn State University, and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Program coordinator, USGS Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources Program
Staff fisheries biologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Sciences, Penn State University
B.S. in Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Affiliations and Memberships
Former President of the World Council of Fisheries Societies.
Honors and Awards
2021 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award, Federal Government
American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fellow
Science and Products
Science and Products
Pre-USGS PublicationsBeard, Jr. T. D., E. H. Allison, D. A. Bartley, I. G. Cowx, S. J. Cooke, C. Fuentevilla, A. J. Lynch, W. W. Taylor. 2016. Inland fish and fisheries: A call to action. In Freshwater, fish, and the future: Proceedings of the global cross-sectoral conference, W. W. Taylor, D. M. Bartley, C. I Goddard, N. J. Leonard, and R. Welcomme, eds., pp. 1-6. American Fisheries Society Press: Bethesda, MD.Cooke, S.J., D.M. Bartley, T. Douglas Beard, Jr., I.G. Cowx, C.I. Goddard, C. Fuentevilla, N.J. Leonard, A.J. Lynch, K. Lorenzen, and W.W. Taylor. 2016. From ideas to action: ten steps to responsible inland fisheries that support livelihoods, food security and healthy aquatic ecosystems. In Freshwater, fish, and the future: Proceedings of the global cross-sectoral conference, W. W. Taylor, D. M. Bartley, C. I Goddard, N. J. Leonard, and R. Welcomme, eds., pp. 343-351. American Fisheries Society Press: Bethesda, MD.Nguyen, V.M., A.J. Lynch, N. Young, I.G. Cowx, T.D. Beard, Jr, W.W. Taylor, and S.J. Cooke. 2016. To manage inland fisheries is to manage at the social-ecological watershed scale. Journal of Environmental Management. 181:312-325.Beard, T.D, Jr. 2014. Creating professional networks for successful career enhancement. Pages 239-244 in W.W. Taylor, A.J. Lynch, and N.J. Leonard, editors. Future of fisheries: perspectives for emerging professionals. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.Matthias, B.G., M.S. Allen, R.N.M. Ahrens, T.D. Beard, Jr. and J.A. Kerns. 2014. Hide and seek: interplay of fish and anglers influences spatial fisheries management. Fisheries 39:261-269.Camacho, A. and T.D. Beard, Jr. 2014. Maintaining Resilience in the Face of Climate Change. In Social-Ecological Resilience and Law, edited by Ahjond S. Garmestani and Craig R. Allen. Columbia University Press.Youn, S. J., W. W. Taylor, A. J. Lynch, I. G. Cowx, T. D. Beard Jr., D. Bartley, and F. Wu. 2014. Inland capture fishery contributions to global food security and threats to their future. Global Food Security 3:142-148.Cooke, S. J., Lapointe, N. W. R., Martins, E. G., Thiem, J. D., Raby, G. D., Taylor, M. K., Beard, T. D. and Cowx, I. G. 2013. Failure to engage the public in issues related to inland fishes and fisheries: strategies for building public and political will to promote meaningful conservation. Journal of Fish Biology, 83: 997–1018.Brown, M.L., M.S. Allen and T.D. Beard, Jr. 2012. Data management and statistical techniques. Pages 15-78 in A. Zale, D. Parrish and T. Sutton eds. Fisheries Techniques, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.Daedlow, K., T. D. Beard, Jr., and R. Arlinghaus. 2011. A Property Rights-Based View on Management of Inland Recreational Fisheries: Contrasting Common and Public Fishing Rights Regimes in Germany and the United States. In Beard, T.D., Jr., A. Loftus and R. Arlinghaus (eds.) The angler in the environment; proceedings of the 5th World Recreational Fisheries Conference. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Beard, T.D., Jr., S. Sutton and R. Arlinghaus (eds.) 2011. The angler in the environment: social, economic, biological, and ethical dimensions; proceedings of the 5th World Recreational Fisheries Conference. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.Tsukamoto, K, T. Kawamura, T. Takeuchi, T.D. Beard, Jr. and M. Kaiser (eds.) 2008. Fisheries for global welfare and environment. Proceedings of the 5th World Fisheries Congress, Yokohama, Japan. Terra Scientific Publishing Company, Tokyo.Beard, T.D., Jr., H. Allen, E.P. Anderson and K.L. Smith. 2008. Tradeoffs in management of freshwater ecosystem services under international environmental conventions: the case of inland waters fisheries. In M. Schecter, N.J. Leonard and W.W. Taylor eds. International Governance of Fisheries Ecosystems: Learning from the Past, Finding Solutions for the Future. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.Hayes, D. J., Hansen, M. J. and T. D. Beard, Jr. 2007. Sampling and experimental design. In M. L. Brown and C. S. Guy, eds. Analysis and interpretation of freshwater fisheries data. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.Rodríguez, J. P., T. D. Beard, Jr., E. M. Bennett, G. S. Cumming, S. Cork, J. Agard, A. P. Dobson, and G. D. Peterson. 2006. Trade-offs across space, time, and ecosystem services. Ecology and Society 11(1): 28.Hansen, M. J., T. D. Beard, Jr. and S. W. Hewett. 2005. Effect of measurement error on tests of density dependence of catchability for walleyes in northern Wisconsin angling and spearing fisheries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 25:1010-1015.Toth, F. L., E. Hizsnyik, J. Park, K. Saterson, A. Stott, T. D. Beard, Jr., D. Deane, C. Ringler, D. van Vuuren. 2005. Policy synthesis for key stakeholders. In S.R. Carpenter and P. Pingali, eds., Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Volume 2: Scenarios.Rodríguez, J. P., T. D. Beard, Jr., J. Agard, E. M. Bennett, S. Cork, G. Cumming, D. Deane, A. P. Dobson, D. M. Lodge, M. Mutale, G. Nelson, G. D. Peterson, and T. Ribeiro. 2005. Interactions among ecosystem services. In S.R. Carpenter and P. Pingali, eds., Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Volume 2: Scenarios.Rogers, M. W., M. J. Hansen and T. D. Beard, Jr., 2005. Relationships between recapture rates from different gears for estimating walleye abundance in northern Wisconsin Lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 25(1):195-202.Sass, G.G., S. W. Hewett, T. D. Beard Jr, A. H. Fayram and J. F. Kitchell. 2004. The role of density dependence in growth patterns of ceded territory walleye populations of Northern Wisconsin: effects of changing management regimes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 24:1262–1278.Beard, T.D., Jr., S. Cox, and S.R. Carpenter. 2003. Impacts of daily bag limit reductions on angler effort for Wisconsin walleye lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 23:1283-1293.Rogers, M. W., M. J. Hansen and T. D. Beard, Jr. 2003. Catchability of walleyes to fyke netting and electrofishing in northern Wisconsin Lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:1193-1206.Beard, T.D., Jr., P. W. Rasmussen, S.P. Cox and S.R. Carpenter. 2003. Evaluation of a management system for a mixed walleye spearing and angling fishery in northern Wisconsin. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 23:481-491.Beard, T.D., Jr., M. J. Hansen, and S.R. Carpenter. 2003. Development of a regional stock-recruitment model for understanding factors affecting walleye recruitment in northern Wisconsin lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 132:382-391.Peterson, G.D., T.D. Beard, Jr., B.E. Beisner, E.M. Bennett, S.R. Carpenter, G.D. Cumming, C.L. Dent, T.D. Havlicek. 2003. Assessing future ecosystem services: a case study of the Northern Highlands Lake District, Wisconsin. Ecology and Society 7(3): 1.Cox, S., T.D. Beard, Jr., and C.J. Walters. 2002. Harvest Control in open-access sport fisheries: hot rod or asleep at the reel? Bulletin of Marine Science 70:749-761.Beard, T. D., Jr. 2002. The roles of recruitment, angler effort response, angler perception, and exploitation limits in structuring regional walleye fisheries in northern Wisconsin. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison.Fayram, A.H., S.H. Hewett, S.J. Gilbert, S.D. Plaster, and T.D. Beard, Jr. 2001. Evaluation of a 15-inch minimum length limit for walleye angling in northern Wisconsin. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 21:816-824.M.J. Hansen, T.D. Beard, Jr. and S.W. Hewett. 2000. Catch rates and catchability of walleyes in angling and spearing fisheries in northern Wisconsin lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 20:109-118.Beard, T.D., Jr. and T.E. Essington. 2000. Effects of angling and life history processes on bluegill size structure: insights from an individual-based model. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129:561-568.Beard, T.D., Jr. and J.M. Kampa. 1999. Changes in bluegill, black crappie and yellow perch populations in Wisconsin during 1967-1991. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 19:1037-1043.Beard, T.D., Jr., and 9 coauthors. 1998. The multistate aquatic resource information system. Fisheries 23(5):14-18.Jennings, M.J., J. Lyons, E. Emmons, G. Hatzenbeler, M. Bozek, T. Simonson, T.D. Beard, Jr. and D. Fago. 1998. Toward the development of an index of biotic integrity for inland lakes in Wisconsin. In T. P. Simon, ed., Assessing the sustainability and biological integrity of water resource quality using fish assemblages. CRC press.Rasmussen, P.W., M.D. Staggs, T.D. Beard, Jr. and S.P. Newman. 1998. Bias and confidence interval coverage of creel survey estimates evaluated by simulation. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 127:469-480.Beard, T.D. Jr., S.W. Hewett, Q. Yang, R.M. King and S. J. Gilbert. 1997. Prediction of angler catch rates based on walleye population density. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17:621-627.Beard, T.D. Jr., M.T. Drake, J.E. Breck and N.A. Nate. 1997. Effects of simulated angling regulations on stunting in bluegill populations. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17:525-532.Membership Concerns Committee, Situational Ethics Workgroup. 1993. Should we eat these fish? A situational ethics survey of AFS members. Fisheries 18(2):19-23.Beard, T.D. Jr. and R.F. Carline. 1991. Influence of spawning and other stream habitat features on spatial variability of wild brown trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 120:711-722.Carline, R.F., T.D. Beard Jr, and B.A. Hollender. 1991. Response of wild brown trout to elimination of stocking and no-harvest regulations without tackle restrictions. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 11:253¬-266.Beard, T.D. Jr. 1990. M.S. The effects of redd distribution and embryo survival on spatial variation in wild brown trout densities in Spring Creek, Centre County, Pennsylvania. Master of Science Thesis. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.Beard, T.D., Jr. 2003. NBII: providing access to data and information on U.S. Biological Resources. Fisheries 28(5):27.Beard, T.D., Jr., P. Bueno and J. Fisher. 2006. Tsunami relief fund making an impact. Fisheries 31:190.Beard, T.D., Jr. 2007. 5th World Fisheries Congress planning well underway. Fisheries 32:189.Beard, T.D., Jr., W.W. Taylor, N.A. Graham, N.J. Leonard, and K.E. Waco. 2008. Study abroad; a faculty perspective. Fisheries 33:39.Beard, T.D., Jr., R. O’Malley, and J. Robertson. 2011. New research on climate’s front lines understanding climate change impacts on fish and wildlife. The Wildlife Professional 5(3):26-31.Haig, S.M., T.E. Martin, C.van Riper and T.D. Beard, Jr. 2013. Pathways for conservation. Science 341 (6143): 215.