Director Charles G. Groat
On November 13, 1998, Dr. Charles G. Groat became the 13th Director
of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Groat is a distinguished professional in the earth science community
with over 25 years of direct involvement in geological studies,
energy and minerals resource assessment, ground-water occurrence
and protection, geomorphic processes and landform evolution in
desert areas, and coastal studies. From May to November 1998, he
served as Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Projects
at the University of Texas at El Paso, following three years as
Director of the Center for Environmental Resource Management. He
was also Director of the University's Environmental Science and
Engineering Ph.D. Program and a Professor of Geological Sciences.
Prior to joining the University of Texas, Dr. Groat served as
Executive Director (1992-95) at the Center for Coastal, Energy,
and Environmental Resources, at Louisiana State University. He
was Executive Director (1990-92) for the American Geological Institute.
From 1983-88, he served as assistant to the Secretary of the Louisiana
Department of Natural Resources, where he administered the Coastal
Zone Management Program, and the Coastal Protection Program.
From 1978-1990, Dr. Groat held positions at Louisiana State University
and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources which included
serving as professor for the Department of Geology and Geophysics,
and as Director and State Geologist for the Louisiana Geological
Survey. He also served as associate professor (1976-78) at the
University of Texas at Austin, in the Department of Geological
Sciences, and as Associate Director and Acting Director of the
Bureau of Economic Geology.
Dr. Groat received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology (1962)
from the University of Rochester, a Master of Science in Geology
(1967) from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Geology
(1970) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Among his many professional affiliations, Groat is a member of
the Geological Society of America, American Association for the
Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, and the American
Association of Petroleum Geologist. He has also served on over
a dozen earth science boards and committees and has authored and
contributed to numerous publications and articles on major issues
involving earth resources and the environment.
Dr. Charles G. Groat was born in Westfield, New York, March 25,
1940. He currently resides in Reston, Virginia, with his wife,
Barbara. He has two grown children.