USGS official to discuss future of fisheries

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Douglas Beard, director of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, will give the lecture "Estimating Inland Fisheries Production: Is There a Crisis?" 3 to 4 p.m., Aug. 24 in the Hardin Hall auditorium.

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center's mission is to understand climate change impacts on fish and wildlife and develop tools that resource managers can use to protect species and their habitats. Beard was appointed the new chief of the NCCWSC in early August after serving as interim director since September 2009.

Previously, he was the USGS program coordinator for fisheries and aquatic and endangered resources. Prior to joining the USGS in 2003, he held fishery management positions in the Wisconsin and Minnesota Departments of Natural Resources. He received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a master's degree in fish and wildlife from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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