Alaska Department of Fish and Game Appoints Habitat Director
- ADF&G Press Release

Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, Alaska 99811-5526

Press Release: January 22, 2015

Kevin Brooks, Deputy Commissioner, (907) 465-4100

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Appoints Habitat Director

(Juneau) — Commissioner Sam Cotten is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony R. DeGange as Director of the Division of Habitat at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Mr. DeGange has had a 30+ year career with the federal government in science and natural resources-related positions in Alaska.

Mr. DeGange earned a Master of Arts degree in vertebrate zoology from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in natural resource conservation from the University of Connecticut.

Most recently, Mr. DeGange served as Chief of the Ecosystems and Geography Offices of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center since 2005. The Alaska Science Center operates research programs in fish, wildlife, ecosystems, water, geography, and minerals.

As Special Assistant to the Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Alaska from 2000-2005, Mr. DeGange served as Science Advisor, Regional Native American Liaison, USFWS representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, liaison to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, USFWS staff to the Exxon Valdez Trustee Council, and senior USFWS staff to the North Slope Science Initiative.

Mr. DeGange’s extensive work history in Alaska and relevant educational background make him an exceptional choice for the Habitat Director position. He has been an Alaska resident since 1981, and he and his wife, Emily, have raised two children and reside in Anchorage.