Dr. Jennifer Norris has been selected to lead the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, one of the largest and most complex field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the country.
Norris, who took over her new role Aug. 12, has been with the service since 2004 and started out as a fish and wildlife biologist in Albuquerque, N.M. She has worked on numerous endangered species consultations, permits, recovery and listing actions, according to a press release. She has worked closely with issues related to water management including the silvery minnow on the Rio Grande and the delta smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. She previously served as the deputy field supervisor for the Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office.
Prior to joining the service, Norris was a biologist for the New Mexico State Land Office and worked for a private consulting firm in San Francisco. She has a bachelor’s degree in resource policy from Cornell University, a master’s degree in conservation biology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of New Mexico. Both her master’s and doctoral research examined species-habitat relationships and large-scale landscape processes.