Media Contacts

The USGS has public affairs staff located across the country to respond to reporters questions. We can help you find an expert on a variety of earth and biological science topics.


Public Affairs Officer: Anne-Berry Wade, 703-648-4483

Deputy Public Affairs Officer: Catherine Puckett, 352-377-2469

For general inquiries contact: 703-648-4460
For information related to earthquake events contact the USGS National Earthquake Information Center at 303-273-8500



Eastern States
(AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, VA, VI, VT, WV)

Vic Hines, Eastern States Communications Chief, 813-855-3125

Jessica Fitzpatrick, 703-648-6624
Covers: Connecticut; Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Heather Dewar, 443-498-5584
Covers: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia

Jason Burton, 678-924-6692
Covers: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee 


Central States
(AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI)

David Ozman, Central States Communications Chief, 303-202-4744

Heidi Koontz, 303-202-4763
Covers: Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico

Jennifer LaVista, 303-202-4764
Covers: Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Utah

Marisa Lubeck, 303-202-4765
Covers: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ohio


Western States
(AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, WY)

Catherine Puckett, Western States Communications Chief (Acting), 916-335-1211

Donyelle Davis, Public Affairs Specialist, 626-202-2393
Covers: Calif. Water Science Center, Earthquake Science Center in Southern Calif., SAFRR.

Leslie Gordon, Public Affairs Specialist, 650-329-4006
Covers: Earthquake Science Center, Volcano Science Center, Western Geographic Science Center, Geology Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, National Research Program for the Water Mission Area (Western Branch)

Paul Laustsen, Public Affairs Specialist, 650-329-4046
Covers: Alaska Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Western Fisheries Research Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Pacific Islands Ecosystems Science Center.

Ryan McClymont, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-251-3237
Covers: Climate Science Centers (AK, NW, SW, and Pacific), Water Science Centers for WA, OR, ID, NV, WY/MT, & Pacific Islands