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.

Headquarters Contacts

(Acting) Public Affairs Officer: Rachel Pawlitz, 503-758-2624
Main Public Affairs Line is 703-648-4460 

For information related to earthquake events, please contact the USGS National Earthquake Information Center at 303-273-8500 and select option 3 to speak to a seismologist 24/7. 


State Contacts for Press Inquiries


Eastern States

(Includes: AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WV)

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

Jason Burton, 678-924-6692 Covers: Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center (Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands), Leetown Science Center, National Minerals Information Center, South Atlantic Water Science Center (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina), Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center

Donyelle Davis, 626-202-2393 Covers: Central Midwest Water Science Center (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri), Columbia Environmental Research Center, Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee), New York Water Science Center, Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Jessica Fitzpatrick, 703-648-6624 Covers: Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, New England Water Science Center (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), New Jersey Water Science Center, Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Water Science Center, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Pennsylvania Water Science Center



Central States

(Includes: CO, KS, KY, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, OH, SD, UT, WI, WY)

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

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

Jennifer LaVista, 303-202-4764
Covers: Kansas, Montana, Utah, Wyoming

Marisa Lubeck, 303-526-6694
Covers: Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin



Western States

(Includes: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA)

Paul Laustsen, Acting Western States Communications Lead, 650-847-8522

Paul Laustsen, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, 650-847-8522
Covers: Earthquake Science Center, CA, NV, and AZ Water Science Centers, Southwest Biological Science Center, Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center, Western Geographic Science Center, Geology Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center

Ryan McClymont, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-583-7944
Covers: Volcano Science Center, OR Water Science Center, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Pacific Islands Ecosystems Science Center

Elizabeth Goldbaum, Public Affairs Specialist, 626-318-6017
Covers: ShakeAlert, Earthquake Science Center, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center, and the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Steven Sobieszczyk, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-251-3208
Covers: Alaska Science Center, Western Fisheries Research Center; WA, ID and Pacific Islands Water Science Centers; Astrogeology Science Center