H. Ronald Pulliam, a professor of ecology at the University of Georgia in Athens, has been appointed the first director of the United States Department of Interior's National Biological Survey (NBS). Pulliam, 48, replaces F. Eugene Hester, the acting director of the new agency, which has a staff of more than 1,800. The survey--the first federal agency whose sole purpose is to inventory and monitor U.S. biological resources--was created by a consolidation of seven Interior agencies (K.Y. Kreeger, The Scientist, Feb. 7, 1994, page 1). Educating Congress and the public about the survey's mission has been one of his first tasks, Pulliam says. "There's a general misconception that NBS is all about one giant survey. The survey is one small part of what we do," he says. Pulliam adds: "The real hard task at NBS...
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