Richard Ferrero, Ph.D.

In his position as Regional Director for the Northwest Region, Rich Ferrero oversees USGS centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Geologic Hazards Science Center located in Golden, Colorado.

Biography

Responsibilities

In his position as Regional Director for the Northwest Region, Rich Ferrero oversees USGS centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Geologic Hazards Science Center located in Golden, Colorado.

Career History and Highlights

Prior to this position, Rich served as the Associate RD for the Pacific Region. He was also Deputy Regional Director and Acting Regional Director for the former USGS Western Region. His recent work includes co-chairing the Energy and Minerals Science Strategy Planning Team, cross-Area efforts on Klamath Basin science planning, coastal and ocean science coordination, and USGS science contributions to renewable energy decisions in the West. Before coming to the USGS, Rich was the Planning Officer for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Alaska Fisheries Science Center and liaison to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on Protected Species Issues. During his 26 years with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, he worked as a fisheries biologist focusing on marine mammal science and fisheries interactions with protected resources.

Education

Rich earned his doctorate in wildlife sciences and a master's in marine affairs from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's in wildlife management from the University of Maine.