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M. Lee Allison
AZGS Director and State Geologist

ATTN: M. Lee Allison
416 W. Congress St., Suite 100
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Phone: 520-770-3500
DIRECT Line: 520-209-4121
Fax: 520-770-3505




  • B.A., University of California, Riverside
  • M.S., San Diego State University
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Professional Activities

  • Advisory Committee, Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona Dept. of Geosciences
  • Chair, Geoinformatics Division, Geological Society of America
  • Chair, National Data Repositories coalition
  • North American Board member, OneGeology consortium
  • Co-chair, Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure Secretariat and Steering Committee
  • Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) Focus Group, Executive Committee, American Geophysical Union
  • Association of American State Geologists, Chair, Information Committee
  • Associate Editor, Informatics, American Geophysical Union, Eos Editorial Advisory Board
  • Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS,, member COPUS Core (steering committee)
  • Western Regional Partnership – GIS Liaison to Steering Committee
  • Arizona Natural Resources Review Council, Chair, GIS Committee
  • Registered Geologist in Arizona, California, Utah, and Wyoming
  • CEO & Chair, USGIN Foundation, Inc.
  • For the My Blog!


Lee Allison was appointed State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey in December, 2005. Previously, he served as State Geologist in Utah (1989-1999) and Kansas (1999-2004). During 2004-2005, he was Policy Advisor for Science and Energy to Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and chaired the Kansas Energy Council from its inception in 2002 to 2005.

He holds BA (University of California, Riverside), MS (San Diego State University), and PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) degrees in geology. He is active in science policy and public policy, especially related to natural resources, geologic hazards, and public engagement. He has extensive experience in petroleum and geothermal exploration throughout the U.S. 

He received the Public Service Award of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists in 2002, the Tanya Atwater “Encourage” Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists for promoting the role of women in the profession, and the American Institute of Professional Geologists John T. Galey Jr. Award for Public Service in 2008.  

The murder mystery “Fault Line” by Sarah Andrews is loosely based on his experiences in Salt Lake City leading up to the 2002 Olympics. The Hutchinson (KS) News hailed Lee as a “Shining Light” for his role in helping restore the city to safety after deadly natural gas explosions, which is featured in an episode of the History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” documentary series on “Engineering Disasters."