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Steven Sobieszczyk

"Hello and welcome."

Steven Sobieszczyk is a scientist and spokesperson. While "Sobie" spent most of his career researching landslide hazards, flooding, sediment transport, and stream ecosystems, he now focuses more on science communication and promoting scientific literacy. In addition to his 20-year career with the USGS, Steve has also worked for NASA, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and Department of Interior Office of Wildland Fire.


  • USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area - Public Affairs Specialist
  • DOI Office of Wildland Fire - Public Information Officer
  • DOI Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team - Hydrologist & Public Information Officer

Professional Experience

  • Public Affairs Specialist • U.S. Geological Survey • 2019 – Present

    Develop, create, and execute national-level Bureau communication content (e.g., news releases, social media posts, videos), events (e.g., open houses, press conferences), and media & science communications training. Writer. Illustrator. Videographer. Webmaster. Instructor. Public Speaker.

  • Public Information Officer | Hydrologist • U.S. Department of Interior • 2017 – Present

    Multi-incident first responder. Create talking points, press releases, videos, social media content, and online story maps. Coordinate community meetings and press conferences. DOI Burned Area Emergency Response hydrologist.

  • Geographer | Hydrologist • U.S. Geological Survey • 2001 – 2019

    Study debris flow, flooding, and sediment transport-related issues. Professional background in GIS, including runoff modeling and bathymetric surveys. Advised Leadership on strategies and methods to achieve better public understanding of science content.

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