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.


(Acting) Public Affairs Officer:?Karen Armstrong, 703-648-4447

Deputy Public Affairs Officer: Catherine Puckett, 352-377-2469

For general inquiries contact: 703-648-4460
For information related to earthquake events contact the USGS National Earthquake Information Center at?303-273-8500



Eastern States
(AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, VA, VI, VT, WV)

Vic Hines,?Eastern States Communications Chief,?813-855-3125

Jessica Fitzpatrick, 703-648-6624
Covers: Connecticut; Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Heather Dewar, 352-264-3542
Covers: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia

Jason Burton, 678-924-6692
Covers: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee?


Central States
(AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD, TX, UT, WI)

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

Heidi Koontz, 303-202-4763
Covers: Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Mexico

Jennifer LaVista, 303-202-4764
Covers: Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Utah

Marisa Lubeck, 303-202-4765
Covers: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ohio



Western States
(AK, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, WY)

Catherine Puckett,?Western States Communications Chief (Acting),?352-377-2469

Paul Laustsen, Public Affairs Specialist, 650-847-8522
Covers: Earthquake Science Center, Western Geographic Science Center, Geology Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center,?Alaska Science Center, Western Ecological Research Center, California Water Science Center, Nevada Water Science Center.

Ryan McClymont, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-251-3237
Covers: Volcano Science Center,?Climate Science Centers (AK, NW, SW, and Pacific), Water Science Centers for WA, OR, ID, WY/MT, & Pacific Islands,? Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Western Fisheries Research Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Pacific Islands Ecosystems Science Center.

Donyelle Davis, Public Affairs Specialist, 626-202-2393
Covers:?On Military Leave