Randy Hines holds a M.S. in Forestry-Integrated Resource Management and a B.S. in Zoology and Wildlife Ecology from Southern Illinois University.
Randy has served as the Partnership Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey's Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center since 2003. Randy is responsible for management of the science communication program. Responsibilities include coordinating the exchange of scientific and technical information requested by congressional offices, other agencies, organizations, and the general public. Randy performs outreach programs to provide educational opportunities and increase community awareness of USGS and Center activities.
Since 2015, Randy also serves as the Collateral Duty Safety and Environmental Program Coordinator. Safety duties include working with local management, supervisors, and employees to facilitate a safe and healthful environment by building an occupational safety and health culture to prevent loss to human and material resources. Randy provides managers with assistance in administering local safety, and health programs; conduct annual audits of the occupational safety and health program at the center; and provides or arranges safety training for staff. Environmental compliance duties include implementing environmental policies at the center-level and incorporating requirements into daily science activities and center operations.
From 1989 to 2003, Randy was a field biologist with experience in both research and management, involving wildlife and fisheries ecology, toxicology, and risk assessment. Randy's research interests were avian ecology, habitat assessment/enhancement, and field application (radio telemetry, GIS, video/camera) technique development. Experience with numerous species including, sea lamprey, colonial waterbirds, Neotropical songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, and common loons.