Ann Tihansky

Ann coordinates communications activities across many levels and program areas of the USGS and the Department of the Interior. She blends together her knowledge in interdisciplinary science with skills in communications, outreach, strategic planning, multimedia and special events to promote science and demonstrate its valuable role for society. 


Ann facilitates exchange across many levels at USGS to convey key priorities, accomplishments, capabilities, and products to demonstrate the overall value of USGS science. She works with leadership to identify and create effective avenues for delivering accurate and timely information to audiences that rely on them for decision-making and management. She also supports engagement to gain feedback and better serve these audiences which include interagency partners, stakeholders, Congress, media and the general public. She leads the development and production of communication resources and strategies to share science, resource management, and Natural hazard information with technical and non-technical audiences through a wide range of outlets. She has a broad range of field experiences and interactions with the public, partners and the media.

She currently shares time between the USGS Coastal-Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP), the Natural Hazards Mission Area (NHMA), and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)’s Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Activities Program, located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs. She coordinates outreach and communications activities in all positions. Additionally, she supports overall communications before, during and after natural hazards events to help ensure that affected communities and responders understand risks and have the vital information needed to anticipate, prepare for and recover from these events with minimal losses. At DOI she is the Communications Coordinator for the Ocean, Great Lakes and Coastal Program and along with managing web, social media and outreach activities, she is the managing Editor of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s newsletter, NEWSWAVE, which was awarded two Blue Pencil Awards in 2015 by the National Association of Government Communicators.

Ann has written scientific reports as well as translated USGS science for non-technical audiences in web, social media, press releases, newsletters, multimedia, and other outreach products. She completed the Dept. of Defense Information School’s Public Affairs Qualification Course in 2009. She received two USGS Shoemaker Awards for multimedia (2011) and web (2015) products and received an award for “Outstanding Community Outreach” from the USGS Office of Communications in 2007. She was the lead organizer for the Florida Integrated Science Center and the St. Petersburg Science Center’s annual Open House from 2005-2010, through which partnerships developed the city-sponsored, community-led St. Petersburg Science Festival. She also served as the USGS liaison with the American Ground Water Trust’s ‘Teacher Institutes’ (2004-2010), facilitating USGS participation nationwide in educational outreach.

In each of these positions, Ann conceives, solicits, reviews, and collaborates across many levels at USGS and the DOI to highlight initiatives, accomplishments, community, partnership, and technical news. She also identifies, develops, and manages select imagery and multimedia to complement these stories. She identifies key subscribers and contributors for these products and continually builds relationships that enhance the Department’s mission for science-informed policies.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors (especially messing around in boats), and pursuing any number of creative activities including photography, ceramics, gardening, painting, welding and cooking. She also enjoys listening to many different kinds of music.