17 Aug 2016
(Press Release) — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has chosen Larisa Ford to manage the Mariana Islands Refuges & Monument Complex. This complex includes the Guam National Wildlife Refuge, the Mariana Trench NWR, the Mariana Arc of Fire NWR, as well as the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
“I am excited to begin working in this new position,” said Larisa Ford. “As a life-long advocate for conservation, I look forward to working with our partners and local communities to ensure that our natural and cultural resources remain intact for them and their children.”
Before being selected for this new position, Ford served as resource advisor for the resources and planning directorate of the Bureau of Land Management.
She served on the Department of the Interior’s Senior Ocean Policy Team and was a member of National Ocean Policy Interagency Ecosystem-Based Management Working Group.
She previously worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as an endangered species biologist for over 15 years, and has both terrestrial and aquatic experience.
She has held positions at the University of Idaho and the University of Texas Marine Science Institute.
Dr. Ford’s education includes a bachelor of science in marine biology and a master’s in microbiology from Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Her master’s thesis concerned bacterial infections of cephalopods. She also received a PhD in veterinary microbiology (with a minor in fisheries and emphasis on aquatic animal health) from Louisiana State University, and a master’s in public administration from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.