Janet A Cushing

Janet Cushing is Deputy Chief of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, which manages the eight Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers. Janet is the principle administrative manager, providing strategic technical and administrative advice and leading the planning and implementation of administrative processes throughout the network.

Biography

Janet Cushing is the Deputy Chief of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). She serves as the principal administrative manager for NCCWSC, providing strategic technical and administrative advice to NCCWSC and the eight regional Department of Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs), and leads the planning and implementation of administrative processes and systems throughout the NCCWSC-CSC network.

Janet began working for the federal government in 1999 in the US Army Corps of Engineer’s Jacksonville District, in the Regulatory Division (Enforcement). She then went to the Planning Division, Environmental Branch, where she worked on Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan projects. In 2005, Janet moved to the DC area, and spent three and a half years working at the USGS, Biological Resources Discipline. There, she helped manage Fisheries Program research activities and coordinated science and data issues for the Governing Board of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Janet was also the designated Tribal Liaison for the Biological Resources Discipline.

In 2009, Janet returned to the Corps, at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR), where she was an enterprise Group Manager and Senior Environmental Planner. As an environmental planner, Janet worked on a number of issues, including ecosystem goods and services considerations in water resources planning; managing an ecosystem restoration planning class; investigating the implications of climate change effects on Corps programs; incorporating environmental justice analyses into the Corps Planning Process; and coastal resilience through the Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering program. 

Janet is a 2011 Fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, which focuses on leadership development within the context of natural resources management. She holds a master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawai'i, and an undergraduate degree in Geology from Colgate University in New York; she has also conducted graduate work in paleoecology/paleontology at the University of Chicago.