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Paul Phifer

Paul Phifer, Assistant Regional Director

Regional Ecological Services Program

Paul Phifer graduated from Boston College with a degree in philosophy and also holds a doctorate in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota. He became interested in conservation while taking a philosophy and nature class, where he really began to understand how humans interact with nature.

Phifer has worked for the Service since 2001 and was appointed assistant regional director of Ecological Services in 2009. Before that, he was the project manager for the Northern Spotted Owl Recovery Plan in the Pacific Northwest. His other previous positions included marbled murrelet coordinator and chief of candidate conservation in Washington, D.C.

Prior to working for the Service, Phifer was a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State and negotiated at the United Nations regarding international treaties on invasive species and movement of genetically modified organisms. After graduate school, he led field research in New England to study the effects of environmental contaminants on birds and bats for BioDiversity Research Institute.

As assistant regional director for Ecological Services, Phifer directs the Service's efforts in the Northeast in a host of species and habitat conservation areas, including endangered species, environmental contaminants, coastal issues and wetlands. Phifer has worked on a variety of high profile projects from Maine's Atlantic salmon restoration to preserving the diversity of Virginia's freshwater mussels.

In his free time, Phifer enjoys coaching his sons' basketball, baseball and soccer teams.

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Last updated: February 28, 2017