Trump nominates Reilly as new USGS director

Scientist and former astronaut James Reilly waves to the camera before a spacewalk in 2001. ©NASA Johnson

President Trump has announced his nomination of James F. Reilly as the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

An Idaho native, Reilly is a seasoned geoscientist. He has conducted deep-sea research aboard submarines in the Antarctic and the Gulf of Mexico. He also spent 13 years at NASA, travelling to space three times and conducting five spacewalks. He currently serves as a subject matter expert on space operations for U.S. and allied military forces.

“I am honored to be nominated to serve at the Department of the Interior under the Trump Administration,” said Reilly, in a statement. “The USGS is finding solutions to the natural resource issues that impact local communities and our nation, and I’m excited to lead its future endeavors.”

Visit Nature to read more about the nomination.

The Wildlife Society is a member of the USGS Coalition, an alliance of over 80 organizations that supports increased federal investment in survey programs that underpin responsible natural resource stewardship, improve resilience to natural and human-induced hazards and contribute to the long-term health, security and prosperity of the nation.