Mary Abrams

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Mary Abrams, Deputy Regional Director, Pacific Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Mary Abrams recently became the Deputy Regional Director for Region 1 of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Prior to that she served for 3 years as the Fish & Wildlife Service Pacific Islands Field Supervisor and chairperson of the Management Board for the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and World Heritage Marine site. 

Abrams has a strong background in science, policy and international work. She has worked for over three decades in state, local, national and international natural resource management and research. Prior to joining the Fish & Wildlife Service, Abrams was Director for the Oregon Department of State Lands, managing about 750,000 acres of forest, range, agricultural and commercial trust lands and more than 1 million acres of navigable and tidally influenced waterways.

Earlier in her career, Abrams served as Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger, Rwanda and Zambia. She also spent a number of years managing and researching water quality and water resource management issues.  As a faculty member at the Oregon Graduate Institute, Abrams focused her research on natural resource management in terms of climate change, non-point source water quality and soil/plant interactions at research sites in the U.S., southern France, and Namibia. 

Abrams was born and raised in beautiful Eastern Oregon and gained her appreciation for natural resources in her rural upbringing.  She has Doctorate and Master’s degrees in soil chemistry from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona.