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Rowan W. Gould


Rowan W. GouldRowan Gould is the career Deputy Director for the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).  He was selected in September 2008. As the agency’s Deputy Director, Gould is responsible for ensuring the Service’s mission of working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Service achieves its mission through an appropriated budget of 2.5 $billion and management of more than 150 million acres of lands on 554 National Wildlife Refuges in all 50 States; operation of 69 National Fish Hatcheries; and administration of fish and wildlife programs, including endangered species recovery, from its 64 Fishery Resources Offices and 81 Ecological Services Field Offices nationwide.

As Deputy Director, Gould works to promote the agency’s mission and priorities throughout the United States and abroad by developing and strengthening partnerships with other Federal agencies and foreign governments, States, Tribes, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Gould assists the Director in ensuring agency performance and accountability, customer service, and consistent application of all Service resource management policies; and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Service in implementing its field based mission.  In the Director’s absence, the Deputy Director assumes those responsibilities on an acting basis.

Dr. Gould is a native of Oregon and received his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in fish health and fish biology from Oregon State University.  Dr. Gould started his Service career as a research microbiologist at the Seattle National Research Center in 1976.  Over Dr. Gould’s extensive career with the Service, he has served in numerous research positions including as section chief at the National Fisheries Research Center in Seattle, Washington and the Director of the National Fisheries Research and Development Laboratory, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. 

Before becoming Deputy Director, Dr. Gould was Assistant Director – Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration.  Previous to that, he was the Regional Director of the Alaska Region of the Service.   Other leadership positions include Deputy Assistant Director, Fisheries in Washington, DC and Deputy Regional Director for the Service’s Pacific Region. 

Some noteworthy experiences for Dr. Gould came about when he served in Alaska.  In 1989, as Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services and Fisheries, he was responsible for coordinating the Service’s activities in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill and served as the Department of Interior’s representative to the inter-governmental oil spill damage assessment management team. In 2010, Dr. Gould led the Department of Interior’s environmental oversight of operational responses to the Gulf Oil Spill.

Dr. Gould received the Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award in 2009.  In 2011, he was conferred the rank of Distinguished Executive by President Obama for sustained extraordinary accomplishments in management of programs of the United States government and for leadership exemplifying the highest standards of service to the public. 

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Last updated: July 15, 2013
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