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Media Contacts

The USGS public affairs staff, located across the country, can help you find an expert on a variety of earth and biological science topics. Staff are assigned to help respond to reporter’s questions and interview requests according to topic and science center.

Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions

National Program Contacts 


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, 1-813-855-3125

Joe Battle, 443-447-0106


  • Eastern Ecological Science Center
  • Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Water Science Center 
  • Lower Mississippi Gulf Water Science Center (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee)
  • South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center 

Jason Burton, 678-209-5500


  • National Minerals Information Center
  • Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center
  • Central Midwest Water Science Center (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri)
  • Columbia Environmental Research Center
  • Pennsylvania Water Science Center

Jessica Fitzpatrick, 571-230-6681


  • New England Water Science Center (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • New York Water Science Center 

Alexandra Hays, 727-258-1843


  • Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center (Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
  • Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
  • South Atlantic Water Science Center (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)

Weston Weber, 571-471-0959


  • Florence Bascom Geoscience Center 
  • Virginia-West Virginia Water Science Center 
  • New Jersey Water Science Center 
  • Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center 


Central States

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

Heidi Koehler, Acting Central States Communications Chief, 720-320-1246


  • Colorado
    • Central Energy Resources Science Center
    • Geology, Geophysics & Geochemistry Science Center 
    • Geologic Hazards Science Center
    • National Ice Core Facility
    • National Water Quality Lab

Jennifer (Jenn) LaVista, 951-240-2117 (cell)


  • Colorado
    • Colorado Water Science Center
  • Indiana
    • Indiana Offices of OKI WSC
  • Kansas
    • Kansas Water Science Center
  • Kentucky
    • Kentucky Offices of OKI WSC
  • Michigan
    • Michigan Offices of Upper Midwest WSC
  • Minnesota
    • Minnesota Offices of Upper Midwest WSC
  • Montana
    • Montana Offices of MT-WY WSC
  • Nebraska
    • Nebraska Water Science Center
  • New Mexico
    • New Mexico Water Science Center
  • North Dakota
    • North Dakota Offices of Dakota WSC
  • Ohio
    • Ohio Offices of OKI WSC
  • South Dakota
    • South Dakota Offices of Dakota WSC
  • Utah
    • Utah Water Science Center
  • Wisconsin
    • Wisconsin Offices of Upper Midwest WSC
  • Wyoming
    • Wyoming Offices of MT-WY WSC


Alexandra (Allie) Weill, 916-296-2305


  • Colorado
    • Fort Collins Science Center
    • North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
    • Geosciences & Environmental Change (GEC)
  • Michigan
    • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Montana
    • Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
  • North Dakota
    • Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
  • Wisconsin
    • National Wildlife Health Center
    • Upper Midwest Ecological Science Center


Western States

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

Miel Corbett, Western States Communications Chief, 1-503-320-3411

Paul Laustsen, Public Affairs Specialist, 1-650-847-8522


  • Alaska Science Center
  • Astrogeology Science Center
  • Climate Adaptation Science Centers (Alaska, Pacific Islands, Southwest, Northwest)
  • Earthquake Science Center
  • Geology Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
  • Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
  • ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning
  • Southwest Biological Science Center
  • Water Science Centers (Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Washington)
  • Western Ecological Research Center
  • Western Geographic Science Center
  • Volcano Science Centers (Alaska, Hawaii, Cascades, California, Yellowstone)
  • Western Fisheries Research Center