USGS plans further collaboration with Colorado School of Mines

More than 150 scientists and their research laboratories are expected to move to Colorado under a new partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado School of Mines.

The scientists and will work with faculty and students at a state of-the-art facility planned for the university’s campus in Golden.

“This is a great day for the USGS and for Colorado School of Mines,” said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “The majority of USGS’s work is on federal lands in the West, but their research is also used by government agencies, the private sector, universities, nonprofits and partners all over the world. Partnering with Colorado School of Mines, a world-class earth science research institution, and co-locating our scientists and researchers creates incredible opportunities to spur innovation and transformational breakthroughs while also providing an incredible pool of talent from which to recruit.”

Paul Johnson, president of the Colorado School of Mines, said the expanded USGS presence at Mines will increase expertise to address the availability of mineral and energy resources, environmental challenges and geo-environmental hazards.

“It will also create an incredibly unique educational environment that will produce the leaders we need to tackle future challenges related to exploration and development of resources here on Earth and in space, subsurface infrastructure and sustainable stewardship of the Earth,” Johnson said.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said he’s been working on the match between the USGS and Colorado School of Mines.

“This move highlights the scientific leadership of our state. We will be putting USGS in a modern facility in a state where research on their core mission areas can be performed right out their back door. Their water resource research will be particularly useful to Colorado and other western states as we continue to grapple with long-term drought. “

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat from Colorado, agreed. “This new subsurface frontiers building on the Mines campus will be a tremendous asset for their faculty and students, and housing USGS staff and lab space will further cement the strong relationship between Mines, USGS and the Department of the Interior. This was a team effort, and I want to thank everyone for their hard work to make this happen.”

The relationship between the USGS and Colorado School of Mines goes back more than 40 years. The USGS operates its geologic hazards science center and national earthquake information center on the Mines campus.