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Tim Fannin, Division Chief

Regional Habitats and Contaminants Division

Tim Fannin has spent 40 years in the field of conservation, and 25 of those were with the Service in fisheries research, addressing effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife and restoring homes for fish and wildlife.

Fannin grew up on U.S. Air Force bases and attended Murray State University, where his senior project evaluated the relative effectiveness of commercial catfish traps for the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources. His thesis at the University of Wyoming studied how quickly chemicals in oil disappear in the environment, and his UW dissertation evaluated how runoff from open ranges and sewage in the Green River was changing western Wyoming reservoirs.

Fannin also conducted research at the Savannah River Ecology Lab, led the state-wide Clean Lakes survey for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and started his Service career in the old research Region 8 studying water chemistry in Roosevelt Reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam.

Fannin worked on relicensing hydropower projects and then switched to contaminants at the Grand Island, Nebraska, field office before coming to the Northeast Regional Office as the environmental contaminants coordinator. His current position as division chief for habitat and contaminants addresses a wide variety of programs that prevent harm, mitigate damage and restore habitat for the Service's fish and wildlife resources, but his constant lodestone is helping the field help the resources.

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Last updated: October 20, 2014