Anne Kinsinger, USGS Associate Director for Ecosystems, announced today that John Organ will be the new Chief of the Cooperative Research Units:

I’m delighted to announce that we have selected John Organ as Chief, USGS Cooperative Research Units. John comes to us with a wealth of great experience from the Fish and Wildlife Service and impressed me most with his passion and vision for the Cooperative Research Units. John has been Chief of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2005, and has worked in the FWS’s Ecological Services and National Wildlife Refuge programs during his 35-year career. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Andres Bello University in Santiago, Chile. He is a certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He is also a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and a Senior Specialist in the Fulbright Scholar Program. He is a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Groups, and an instructor and Advisory Board member of the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Program. He is also a consultant to the Peru Forest Sector Initiative where he is assisting the Peruvian government in training biologists and developing wildlife regulations. He advises M.S. and Ph.D. students studying carnivores and human dimensions in Africa, Canada, Chile, and the U.S. and teaches graduate courses in Wildlife Management and Conservation and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation. John starts on August 25th — please join me in welcoming him.