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Assistant Director for Science Applications - Deborah Rocque, Ph.D.



Deborah Rocque, Science Applications Assistant Director. Credit: USFWS
Deborah Rocque, Science Applications Assistant Director. Credit: USFWS

Before being named the Assistant Director for Science Applications in December 2019, Deborah Rocque served as the Deputy Regional Director for the Service's North Atlantic Appalachian Region. She began her Service career in 2003 with the contaminants program in Alaska and also served as the case manager for the 2004 Selendang Ayo oil spill and was the avian influenza coordinator for the Service's migratory bird program in the Alaska Regional Office.

Prior to moving to the Northeast in 2012, Rocque served in Washington D.C. as the Deputy Chief of the Division of Natural Resources and Planning for the National Wildlife Refuge System, where she oversaw fire management, the inventory and monitoring program, air quality, policy, wildlife resources, and refuge planning. She has been a key leader in the development of Conserving the Future; Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, a new vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Rocque received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Connecticut and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she studied intrinsic markers in avian populations.



Last updated: February 19, 2020

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