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T. Douglas Beard, Jr., Ph.D.


Doug Beard is the Associate Director (Acting) for Land Resources. In this role, he provides 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.