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Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Science Applications Assistant Director. Credit: USFWS / Kim Jew Studios
Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Science Applications Assistant Director. Credit: USFWS / Kim Jew Studios

Assistant Director for Science Applications - Benjamin N. Tuggle, PhD


Dr. Benjamin N. Tuggle is the Assistant Director for Science Applications for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Dr. Tuggle began his distinguished career with the Service in 1979 at the National Health Research Center in Madison, WI. Since then, he has held key leadership positions throughout the nation, including field experience and prior time in the agency's Washington, DC headquarters office. From 2005-2017, he served as the Service's Regional Director for the Southwest Region.

As Southwest Regional Director, Dr. Tuggle successfully addressed some of the nation's most complex and controversial issues in natural resources management including conservation issues along the U.S./Mexico border; wolf-livestock interdiction for the Mexican gray wolf; wind energy development; cooperative conservation on public and private lands; and middle Rio Grande water issues. He also established three new National Wildlife Refuges–including the first urban National Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest–to provide species habitat and outdoor recreation access.

Dr. Tuggle brings to Science Applications his extensive experience in fostering collaboration with federal, state, and local resource agencies; Native American tribes; the private sector; and non-governmental environmental groups in order to accomplish goals and objectives that promote fish and wildlife conservation. He has maintained cooperative, productive, and positive interactions within the Service, and with its partners, throughout his career with the Service.

Dr. Tuggle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA; and advanced degrees (Master of Science and PhD) in Zoology from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.



Last updated: August 30, 2017

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