Kris Metzger

Acting Federal Deputy Director U.S. Geological Survey


Kris Metzger is the Acting Federal Deputy Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Trained as a conservation and landscape ecologist, she has experience in and belief of the power and impact of collaborative conservation. For a decade, Kris worked in the Serengeti Ecosystem, focused on understanding interaction between the human and natural systems and the role these interactions have on conservation and biodiversity.

More recently, in her previous position at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kris worked with biologists and mangers to collaboratively tackle tough conservation challenges facing our National Wildlife Refuge System. Growing up in Oregon and spending her childhood exploring the Northwest guides her passion to conserve and protect these natural areas. Kris received her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Oregon and her Master’s and PhD from Colorado State University.