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Ione TaylorIone Taylor
Associate Director, Energy and Minerals, and Environmental Health, USGS
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Ione Taylor serves as the Associate Director for the United States Geological Survey's Energy and Mineral Resources Mission Area, and the Environmental Health Mission Area. She is the Senior Federal Executive responsible for oversight of geological research and assessment programs for energy and mineral resources, in addition to scientific research programs in toxics hydrology and contaminant biology. She is also the Executive leader of a trans-disciplinary Science and Decisions Center which supports use of physical and biologic science, and economics to inform land and natural resource management decision-making. She has oversight of two national laboratory facilities, a high resolution ion microprobe, co-located and managed with Stanford University, and the TRIGA research reactor.

Career History and Highlights

Ione Taylor began her career as a student geologist working for the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources on geothermal mineralization associated with western volcanic systems. She then spent 15 years in the petroleum industry focused on domestic and international hydrocarbon exploration. She held multiple scientific and technical positions at both Amoco Production Company and British Petroleum, and eventually moved into senior leadership positions including R&D Director of Worldwide Technology Applications, and Vice President of Overseas Exploration.

She entered the Federal service, joining the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) within the U.S. Department of the Interior 14 years ago. The positions Ione has held previously at USGS have focused on energy and mineral resources for the Nation, interdisciplinary science issues for large ecosystems of the Eastern and Western United States, and application of satellite remote sensing for understanding land use. She serves as Chair of the Technical Subcommittee for the Federal Inter-agency effort on Unconventional Oil and Gas and Co-Chair of the Critical Material Supply Chain Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability.


Ione holds a BS degree in Chemistry, and MS and PhD degrees in Geology. She is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is certified in the Federal Senior Executive Service through the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.


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