Science Excellence

About Science Applications


Collaboration is everything when it comes to who we are as the Science Applications Program, what we do, and how and why we do it.

Whether Science Applications staff is working to identify conservation priorities with our colleagues across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and with our peers at State fish and wildlife agencies, Tribes, other federal entities, private industry, and non-governmental organizations… or acquiring or co-developing science and translating it into easily accessible and usable tools… and more… We strive to be a catalyst for science collaboration so that every entity with management authority and those who impact fish, wildlife, and their habitats can make informed conservation decisions and coordinate their actions.

The Science Applications view of conserving fish, wildlife, and their habitats is more than geography, it's about people, including us. We believe in bringing people with diverse perspectives and expertise together and working in cooperation to address shared conservation challenges that are greater than any one person, location, agency, or organization can meet alone.

By leveraging this proactive approach to conservation, Science Applications supports Service programs and partners to reduce regulatory burdens, provide increased flexibility, and help keep species ‒ and the landscapes they depend on ‒ healthy.

Dr. Deborah Rocque serves as the Assistant Director for Science Applications and leads an agile network of Assistant Regional Directors, coordinators, biologists, data specialists, and additional staff to uphold and strengthen the Service's commitment to scientific excellence.

Science Applications is focused on:

Delivering expert support on applied science subjects including landscape conservation, climate resiliency, and at-risk species including convening, coordinating, and strengthening collaborative partnerships between the Service and partners.

Ensuring the integrity of Service science processes and results.

Supporting the development of policy and guidance on applied science issues critical for the Service's natural resource decision-making.

Leading enterprise-wide data management to ensure that Service data is accessible,

optimized, and organized.

Providing science support to Service staff by expanding capacities to acquire, apply, and communicate scientific information, including managing funding agreements and science information services.

Recognizing outstanding scientific leadership and accomplishments through the Service's annual Science Awards.

Cultivating a diverse, next generation of Service scientists by providing opportunities for students to engage in the Service's scientific community.

Enable and coordinate actions that will help preclude species from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.



Last updated: February 19, 2020

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