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Welcome to the 2007 Briefing Series for Members of Congress and Staff

This year's theme is "USGS Climate Change Science: Exploring the Past, Observing the Present, Forecasting the Future"

Previous Congressional Briefings

Fourth in the 2007 series

Climate Change Science: Helping Wildlife, Water, and Energy Managers Respond

Climate change affects the condition and sustainability of all ecosystems, which support wildlife and provide food, energy, medicine, water, recreation, and other benefits that support the quality of life in communities across the Nation. Natural resources managers confront significant challenges as they develop strategies to protect and sustain ecosystem functions in the face of changing climate. Come hear how Federal and State agency leaders are using USGS science and working with partners to address these challenges to our Nation’s natural resource legacy.

Date: November 30, 2007


USGSSue Haseltine
USGS Associate Director for Biology
U.S. Geological Survey

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources logo
David Schad

Chair, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Subcommittee on Climate Change and Director of Fish and Wildlife
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Lynn Scarlett
Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of the Interior

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2261
Washington, D.C.

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Speaker Biographies

Sue Haseltine

Dr. Susan Haseltine received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from the University of Maine and an Masters and Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Zoology, investigating the physiological mechanisms of eggshell thinning in wild birds. She joined the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as a researcher for the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland. After more than a decade as a researcher and research manager in the Service, she became Center Director of the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, ND. In 1995, Haseltine moved to Minneapolis, MN., to manage the Refuges and Wildlife program in the Upper Midwest for the FWS, and then joined the former National Biological Service (NBS) as the Eastern Region Director. When NBS joined the USGS in 1996, Sue took the position of the Chief Scientist for Biology. She is currently the Associate Director for Biology.

David Schad

Dave Schad, Minnesota’s State Fish and Wildlife Director, has worked his entire career for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He has extensive experience with waterfowl, wetland, forest, and big game management programs. He has also served in area and regional wildlife positions, and was previously the State’s Wildlife Chief before being appointed the Division Director in January, 2006. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Minnesota, and currently chairs the Climate Change Subcommittee for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Lynn Scarlett

Lynn Scarlett was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior on November 2005, a post she took on after 4 years as the Department's Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She served as Acting Secretary of the Department upon the resignation of former Secretary Gale Norton effective April 1, until the confirmation of Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on May 26, of 2006. She serves on the Executive Committee of the President's Management Council. Ms. Scarlett coordinates Interior's environmental policy initiatives to implement the President's executive order on cooperative conservation, serving on the White House Cooperative Conservation Task Force. From June 2003-2004, she chaired the federal Wildland Fire Leadership Council, an interagency and intergovernmental forum for implementing the National Fire Plan and 10-Year Implementation Plan. She co-chairs the President and First Lady's Preserve America initiative on historic preservation and heritage tourism. She also co-chairs the Recreation Fee Leadership Council, a federal interagency group to coordinate recreation fee policy and practices on federal lands. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Udall Foundation as the Department of the Interior representative.

Ms. Scarlett received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.

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