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Frank Shipley Is New Western Regional Chief Scientist

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Frank Shipley
Above: Frank Shipley. Photograph by Mike Diggles, USGS. [larger version]

In September 2009, Frank Shipley became the new Regional Chief Scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Region. Frank has worked for the USGS since 1995 in a variety of scientific and leadership roles. Most recently he has served as the Regional Science Coordinator for Biology in the Western Region, where he will continue to lead strategic development of ecosystem-scale and climate-change science and cross-discipline, cross-bureau collaborations while a permanent replacement is sought. Frank's career passion is the development of ecosystem- and landscape-scale science to support natural-resource conservation in the public trust.

Frank's early career as a scientist involved teaching and research at Kansas State University; Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas; and the University of Houston. He is the author of more than 50 publications on topics ranging from impacts of floodwaters on aquatic systems to reproductive patterns in avian populations. From 1989 to 1995, Frank established and directed the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, where he led ecosystem research and creation of a management plan to guide the activities of multiple resource agencies. After joining the USGS in the fall of 1995, Frank served for 8 years as the Director of the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center. After 3 years as the Deputy Regional Biologist, Frank completed several senior executive details for the USGS, including acting as the Northwest Area Regional Executive, the Deputy Regional Director of the Western Region, and the Western Regional Biologist. He is currently a member of the USGS Carbon Committee, serves as cochair of the National Technical Advisory Team for Strategic Habitat Conservation, and is on the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel. Frank has a B.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University (1974) and M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in biology from Kansas State University, with an emphasis in evolutionary ecology. He and his wife Theresa live on Vashon Island, Washington.

Frank began duties as the Regional Chief Scientist in mid-September and is eager to delve into the full breadth of USGS science, learn more about the work of all the disciplines, and develop new and powerful ways to foster interdisciplinary science. I would like to thank Susan Benjamin for an outstanding job leading the Regional Science Office during her tenure as acting Regional Chief Scientist from June to September 2009. Susan will continue in the other half of her double acting role as the Geography Coordinator for the Western Region.

Frank's scientific experience, programmatic and executive leadership skills, and extensive record of relationship building among USGS partners and scientists provide a powerful foundation for his new role within the USGS. I am confident that he will continue to advance the role of the Regional Science Office in support of all discipline and interdisciplinary science in the region. Please join me in welcoming Frank!

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