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Released: 7/14/1999

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Dr. Daniel Fagre 1-click interview
Phone: 406-888-7993

Michele Banowetz
Phone: 970-226-9301

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist, Dr. Daniel Fagre, received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award for his outstanding leadership of the Global Change Research Program in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Fagre’s 9-year leadership of the Global Change Research Program has resulted in what is now a nationally and internationally recognized program of research, providing expert knowledge about the effects of global change on mountain ecosystems.

"This research program is representative of the types of programs the USGS and Department of the Interior hope to encourage more of in the future," notes USGS Director Charles Groat. "In addition to its unique mix of extensive field research, state-of-the-art technologies, and ecosystem and climate modeling, it is a cooperative effort involving many scientists, multiple agencies, and universities." Central to the effort have been USGS scientists based in West Glacier and scientists from the University of Montana and the U.S. Forest Service’s Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula.

In addition to being nationally recognized, the International Mountain research community and the International Geosphere Biosphere Program have also recognized the program as a model for research efforts in other countries. The program’s work has been featured in national and international media coverage, culminated in a Vice-Presidential briefing and visit to the Park in 1997, and was recently featured at several international science conferences.

Fagre has employed a number of innovative means for sharing results of the team’s research. Most recently, their work was highlighted on an electronic field trip involving 160 schools in 20 states. "Fagre has successfully established a global change research program and team that conducts outstanding research " states Dr. Rey Stendell, Director of the USGS’s Midcontinent Ecological Science Center in Colorado, the office which oversees Fagre’s work at Glacier National Park. "Equally important, he has communicated important climate issues to natural resource managers and the public in an understandable and usable way. We are very proud of his accomplishments."

Fagre received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Prescott College, Arizona and graduate degrees in Animal Ecology from the University of California-Davis. He and his family reside in West Glacier, Montana.

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