Alex Demas

Biography

Alex Demas is a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey, covering media relations and outreach for a variety of science topics, primarily energy and environmental health. His primary duties include writing news releases and feature stories, social media, and multimedia, including photography, podcasts, and videos.

He has been with USGS since 2010, and project highlights include the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the 2011 Japan Earthquake, the 2011 Virginia Earthquake, the Marcellus Shale Re-assessment, and the Bakken Formation Reassessment.

 

Current position: Public Affairs Specialist for Energy and Environmental Health

Science Topics Covered: 

  • Oil, gas, coal, gas hydrates, geothermal, and wind energy assessments
  • Impacts and effects of energy development
  • Pesticide & fertilizer chemical contaminants
  • Endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • Lead and mercury occurrence and contamination in wildlife 
  • Wildlife disease, including avian influenza
  • Contaminants of emerging concern

Main Products:

  • News releases and technical announcements
  • Science Feature and Science Snippet stories
  • Social media outreach
  • Photography, podcast, and video production
  • Internal reports between USGS and the Department of the Interior
  • Internal blog posts

Alex began work officially with USGS in 2010 in Reston, VA, after many years of volunteer work for the Louisiana Water Science Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Prior to working at USGS, Alex held positions as an intern for the office of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Congressman Charlie Melancon (D-LA-6); the Resource and Infrastructure Division and Legislative Library of the Louisiana House of Representatives; and the Louisiana Department of Education. In addition, Alex held student research positions helping analyze data and run experiments on the LSU Lower Missippi River Physical Model and process satellite data for the LSU Earth Scan Laboratory.

Alex completed a Masters degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University in 2011, and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Binghamton University in 2009. 

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Publications:

Video: Windfarm Mapper Tutorial - 2014 [Link]

News Release: Interior Releases First National Interactive Map of Onshore Wind Turbines - 2014 [Link]

Podcast: USGS Releases Latest Bakken Oil and Gas Assessment - 2013 [Link]

Technical Announcement: USGS Receives International Endorsement for Geologic Carbon Sequestration Methodology - 2013 [Link]

News Release: Interior Releases First-Ever Comprehensive National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential - 2013 [Link]

News Release: USGS Estimates 162 Billion Short Tons of Recoverable Coal in the Powder River Basin - 2013 [Link]

News Release: Interior Releases First-Ever Comprehensive National Assessment of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential - 2013 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases New Oil and Gas Assessment for Bakken and Three Forks Formations - 2013 [Link]

Science Feature: Fueling the Mix: Coal and U.S Electric Power Generation - 2013 [Link]

Science Feature: USGS Releases New Oil and Gas Assessment for Bakken and Three Forks Formations - 2013 [Link]

Science Feature: The Gigaton Question: How Much Geologic Carbon Storage Potential Does the United States Have? - 2013 [Link]

News Release: Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Likely Harmed Threatened Kentucky Fish Species - 2013 [Link]

News Release: Surveying Ice and Fire: The First Map of All of Iceland’s Glaciers and Subglacier Volcanic Calderas Released - 2013 [Link]

Science Feature: Surveying Ice and Fire: Mapping Iceland’s Glaciers and Subglacier Volcanic Calderas - 2013 [Link]

Podcast: Career of the Cryosphere - 2013 [Link]

News Release: White-Nose Syndrome Bat Recovery May Present Challenges Similar to Those in Some Recovering AIDS Patients - 2013 [Link]

News Release: U.S. Nonfuel Mineral Production Increases for Third Straight Year - 2013 [Link]

Technical Announcement: U.S. Shale Formations Might Safely House Nuclear Waste - 2013 [Link]

Technical Announcement: Disinfection of Energy Wastewater Can Lead to Toxic Byproducts - 2013 [Link]

News Release: How Global Change Will Impact Mercury around the World - 2013 [Link]

Podcast: Mercury and Global Change - 2013 [Link]

Science Feature: Going Critical: Being Strategic with Our Mineral Resources - 2013 [Link]

Science Feature: The Elements of a Good Firework Show - 2013 [Link]

Press Conference Recording: USGS World Estimate for Conventional Oil and Gas Resources - 2012 [Link]

Public Lecture Recording: Science or Soundbite? Shale Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Induced Earthquakes - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases First Assessment of Shale Gas Resources in the Utica Shale - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Scientist Elected First U.S. Chair of International Uranium Group in Thirty Years - 2012 [Link]

Technical Announcement: USGS Releases Southwestern Wyoming Energy Map - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases Global Oil & Gas Reserve Growth Estimates - 2012 [Link]

Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: Hydraulic Fracturing - The State of the Science - 2012 [Link]

Media Advisory: USGS to Discuss First Shale-Oil and Shale-Gas Resource Potential Assessment for the Alaska North Slope - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases U.S. Oil & Gas Reserve Growth Estimates - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases Global Estimate for Undiscovered, Technically Recoverable Conventional Oil and Gas Resources - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases First Shale-Oil and Shale-Gas Resource Potential Assessment for the Alaska North Slope - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Storm-Surge Sensors Deployed Ahead of Tropical Storm Sandy - 2012 [Link]

Science Pick: USGS Storm Surge Sensors - 2012 [Link]

News Release: Mississippi River Flows Backwards Due to Isaac - 2012 [Link]

News Release: Afghanistan the First Country Mapped using Broad Scale Hyperspectral Data - 2012 [Link]

Media Advisory: USGS and the Government of Afghanistan to Release Hyperspectral Data of Afghanistan - 2012 [Link]

News Release: U.S. Mineral Values Up in 2011 - 2012 [Link]

Science Feature: President Obama Honors 3 USGS Scientists with Presidential Early Career Awards - 2012 [Link]

News Release: President Obama Honors Joseph Colgan for Pioneering Methods to Study Faults and Minerals in the West - 2012 [Link]

News Release: President Obama Honors Karen Felzer for Developing New Ways to Study Earthquake Triggering - 2012 [Link]

News Release: President Obama Honors Justin Hagerty for Helping to Explain the Formation and Evolution of the Moon - 2012 [Link]

News Release: USGS Releases New Assessment of Gas Resources in the Marcellus Shale, Appalachian Basin - 2011 [Link]

News Release: Significant Natural Gas Resources Remain to Be Discovered in Cook Inlet, Alaska - 2011 [Link]

Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing Unconventional Oil and Gas - Fueling the Future - 2011 [Link]

News Release: USGS Oil and Gas Resource Estimates Updated for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA) - 2011 [Link]

News Release: USGS Arctic Study Evaluates Science and Knowledge Gaps for OCS Energy Development - 2011 [Link]

News Release: Bakken Formation Oil Assessment in North Dakota, Montana will be updated by U.S. Geological Survey - 2011 [Link]