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: Brian Hires, 703-346-9941 
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)

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, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Heather Dewar, 352-264-3542
Covers: Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Water Science Center, Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research 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, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Pennsylvania Water Science Center



Central States

(Includes: AZ, CO, IN, KS, KY, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, OH, SD, 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

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

Catherine PuckettWestern States Communications Chief, 352-377-2469

Elizabeth Goldbaum, Public Affairs Specialist, 626-318-6017
Covers: Southern California Earthquakes,  ShakeAlert, Earthquake Science Center, and the 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.

Paul Laustsen, Public Affairs Specialist, 650-847-8522
Covers: Earthquake Science Center, Western Geographic Science Center, Geology Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center, California Water Science Center, Arizona Water Science Center, ShakeAlert

Ryan McClymont, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-251-3237
Covers: Volcano Science Center, OR, WA, ID and Pacific Islands Water Science Centers,  Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Western Fisheries Research Center, and Pacific Islands Ecosystems Science Center.

Steven Sobieszczyk, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-251-3208
Covers: Alaska Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center, Astrogeology Science Center, Southwest Biological Science Center, Nevada Water Science Center.