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Mineral and Environmental Resources, Spokane Office

U.S. Geological Survey
904 W. Riverside Ave., Room 202
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 368-3101
Fax (509) 368-3199

Link to Spokane Office project activities

Research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at its Spokane Office has evolved to meet the changing needs of our Nation. The Spokane Office was established in 1942 to facilitate the Strategic Minerals Program during World War II. After the war, several major research projects were started in the Pacific Northwest and headquartered in Spokane, including the Western Phosphate Project under the direction of Vince McKelvey, an intensive study of the Coeur d'Alene district under the direction of S. Warren Hobbs, and a major study of the Boulder Batholith, Montana. Beginning in the 1980's, USGS staff began to conduct mineral-resource assessments for the USFS and BLM in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana. Today, staff work on projects that fall under one of four major Program themes: sustainability and societal need, economy and the public policy, environment and public health, and technology and information dissemination.

Tom Frost

Tom Frost, Deputy Center Director

Laurie Balistrieri

Laurie Balistrieri (located at Univ. of WA)

Kim Jenkins

Kim Jenkins, Administrative Officer


Mark J. Mihalasky

Mark J. Mihalasky

Spokane Field Office location

Located in the historic Post Office building downtown Spokane, WA

Steve Box

Steve Box

Niki E. Wintzer

Niki E. Wintzer

Mike Zientek

Mike Zientek

Jim Evans

Jim Evans (Emeritus)


Jodi Hoering (not pictured)

Dave Frank, Spokane Facility Manager and Center Outreach Coordinator

Dave Frank, Facility Manager

Pamela Cossette

Pamela Cossette


Gary Martinez (not pictured)

Art Bookstrom (on left)

Art Bookstrom (Emeritus)

Link to Spokane Office project activities

Mineral and Environmental Resources employees in Spokane

Link to all GMEG Science Center employees

Mineral and Environmental Resources also has staff in Reno / Menlo Park / Tucson

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