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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


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, KS, KY, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, OH, SD, UT, WI, WY

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

Heidi Koehler, 720-320-1246


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

Alexandra (Allie) Weill, 916-296-2305


  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


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