Richard Ferrero earned his Ph.D in Wildlife Sciences from the University of Washington (UW) in 1995, a Master of Marine Affairs (Marine Resource Management) from UW (1985) and a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine (1980). During 26 years with NOAA, NMFS, he worked as a fisheries biologist focusing on marine mammal science and fisheries interactions with protected resources. His research included age, growth and reproductive studies on several porpoise species killed incidental to high seas driftnets (Dall’s porpoise, northern right whale dolphin, Pacific white-sided dolphin and common dolphin). In addition, Rich worked on numerous abundance estimation efforts in the Arctic (bowhead and beluga whales) and around the North Pacific Ocean (harbor seals, Steller sea lions and fur seals). He led the first successful live capture and satellite tagging effort on beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska. After nearly 20 years involving extensive field and laboratory work, Rich moved to a science management focus as the Planning Officer for NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center and as the Center's liaison to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council on Protected Species Issues. In 2008, he accepted a position as Deputy Regional Director for USGS Western Region, later became Acting Regional Director and now works as Associate Regional Executive for the Pacific Southwest Area. As of 2012, his work included co-chair for the Energy and Minerals Science Strategy Planning Team, cross-Area efforts on Klamath Basin science planning, coastal and ocean science coordination and USGS science contributions to renewable energy decision making in the west.