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Jack Medlin

Jack Medlin is the Regional Science Advisor for Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Medlin has more than 50 years of experience as a geoscience professor, research geologist/geochemist, science program branch chief, regional geologist, and international geoscience specialist, the last 28 years with the USGS.

Dr. Medlin has served as a research geologist/geochemist, geoscience program developer, implementer, regional geologist responsible for coordination of USGS geoscience programs with 26 state geological surveys, and as international program specialist for the Asia-Pacific region for which he is responsible for the development, facilitation, and coordination of USGS scientific programs with 48 countries, international organizations (UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, UNESCO, ESCAP, ADB, WB, SOPAC, CCOP, etc), and a plethora of U.S. Government agencies (USAID, BLM, OSM, DOE, EPA, FS, DOS, etc).

During the past 30 years, Dr. Medlin has been responsible for

  • Development and management or programs and projects in Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and most recently, Afghanistan
  • Negotiation, development and coordination of USGS Memoranda of Understandings and Project Annexes with Japan, Korea, China (4), Mongolia, Indonesia (2), New Zealand, Australia, and India
  • Coordination of USGS international activities focused on energy, minerals, hazards (earthquakes, landslides, flooding), coastal and marine geoscience, environmental studies related to energy and minerals, water and biological resources, and geography in numerous countries within the Asia-Pacific region
  • Hosting, organizing, and coordinating visits and training of counterpart scientists from Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan

Dr. Medlin has been responsible for the overall management oversight of the USGS activities in Afghanistan for the past 20 years, He has been able to successfully interact with all donor groups including USAID, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Commerce, multiple groups within the Department of Defense including the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, Naval Research Lab, Air Force Technical Operations Center, AfPak staffers, (and several other DOD entities), and international organizations such as the International Security Assistance Force, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the British Geological Survey, and various groups within the United Nations. 

Dr. Medlin has served as a member and officer of local, regional, national and international organizations (International Geological Congress, Geological Society of America, American Association of Petroleum Geologists). He serves or has served as the U.S. Government official representative to various United Nations committees, regional intergovernmental organizations (CCOP, SOPAC), and as an invited speaker to many discipline and topical international fora on energy and minerals. He is the author or co-author of about 100 scientific publications, reports, and maps on a variety of geoscience topics.


Professional Experience

  • Manager, USGS natural resource assessment activities in Afghanistan, 2004-2020

  • Research Geologist/Geochemist, 1995-2004

  • Associate Professor, Geology, University of Georgia, until 1993


Education and Certifications

  • Post-doctoral, Geochemistry, Pennsylvania State University, 1969

  • PhD, Geology/Geochemistry/Petrology, Pennsylvania State University, 1968

  • MS, Geology, University of Georgia, 1964

  • BS, Geology, University of Georgia, 1962


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