News Release

Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office Welcomes New Field Supervisor

August 16, 2013

Media Contacts:
Robert Moler, robert_moler@fws.gov, (916) 414-6606 and
Sarah Swenty, sarah_swenty@fws.gov, (916) 414-6571

Jennifer Norris

Sacramento – Dr. Jennifer Norris has been selected to lead the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, one of the largest and most complex field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the country. As the new Field Supervisor, she oversees a high-profile office that is engaged in some of the most complex and controversial wildlife conservation issues in California and the nation. 

Dr. Norris has been with the Service since 2004 and started out as a fish and wildlife biologist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked on numerous endangered species consultations, permits, recovery, and listing actions.  She has worked closely with issues related to water management including the silvery minnow on the Rio Grande and the delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Before becoming Field Supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, Dr. Norris served as the Deputy Field Supervisor for the Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office.

Prior to joining the Service, Dr. Norris was a biologist for the New Mexico State Land Office and worked for a private consulting firm in San Francisco. She has a B.S. in Resource Policy from Cornell University, an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. Both her master’s and doctoral research examined species-habitat relationships and large-scale landscape processes. She lives in East Sacramento with her husband and 9 year-old son. 

Jennifer started as Field Supervisor on August 12, 2013. “I am very excited to join the talented team of the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office and be a part of the rich legacy of conservation this office has worked hard to accomplish,” Dr. Norris said. “I look forward to continuing working with people and our partners to ensure we achieve the mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service and conserve the wildlife resources in California.”