Rowan Gould, the deputy director of operations, was named as acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service following the death of Sam Hamilton, who died on February, 20, 2010.  Gould previously served as acting director from January 2009 until August 2009, when Hamilton was confirmed. 

Gould started his career with the Fish & Wildlife Service as a research microbiologist at the Seattle National Research Center in 1976.  Gould has served in many research positions as well as Regional Director of the Alaska Region, Deputy Assistant Director for Fisheries in Washington, D.C., and Deputy Regional Director for the Service’s Pacific Region, and as Deputy Director of the Fish & Wildlife Service.