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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


USGS Public Affairs Officer

Rachel Pawlitz


Public Affairs Specialists

Main Public Affairs Line: 1-703-648-4460 

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, 1-813-855-3125


Jason Burton, 678-209-5500


  • Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center (Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • 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


Jason Burton, 678-209-5500 and Jessica Fitzpatrick, 703-648-6624


  • 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


  • Florence Bascom Geoscience Center
  • Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Water Science Center
  • New England Water Science Center (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • New Jersey Water Science Center
  • Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Pennsylvania Water Science Center


Central States

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

David Ozman, Central States Communications Chief, 1-303-202-4744


Heidi Koontz, 303-202-4763


  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico


Western States

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


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


Elizabeth Goldbaum, Public Affairs Specialist, 626-318-6017


  • Southern California earthquakes
  • Earthquake Science Center
  • ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System
  • AK Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • NW Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • SW Climate Adaptation Science Center
  • Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center


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


  • Arizona Water Science Centers
  • California Water Science Center
  • Earthquake Science Center
  • Geology Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
  • Nevada Water Science Center
  • Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
  • ShakeAlert
  • Southwest Biological Science Center
  • Western Ecological Research Center
  • Western Geographic Science Center

Steven Sobieszczyk, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-251-3208


  • Alaska Science Center
  • Astrogeology Science Center
  • Idaho Water Science Center
  • Pacific Islands Water Science Centers
  • Volcanoes
  • Washington Water Science Center
  • Western Fisheries Research Center