Arizona Geological Survey
State Geologist & Director (2005-2016)
US Principal Investigator, US Secretariat team leader (2015-2016).
From 2013-2015, Dr, M. Lee Allison, Arizona State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, served as Co-Chair of the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure and Data Management Secretariat and Steering Committee during the scoping phase of the project, and as PI and Champion of the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure Coordination, Communication, & Collaboration Office. He was a PI of the Test Governance project for NSF’s EarthCube Initiative from 2013-2016. He was a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure and the North American member of the OneGeology Board of Directors since 2013. Additionally, he was Chair of the National Data Repositories Working Group and served as Chair of the Geoinformatics Division of the Geological Society of America for the 2014-15 term. He steered the development of the National Geothermal Data System (funded by US Department of Energy) and the US Geoscience Information Network.
Dr. 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 Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and chaired the Kansas Energy Council from its inception in 2002 to 2005. Research Interests: Geoscience policy (hazards, energy, minerals), geoinformatics/cyberinfrastructure, community engagement.
Dr. Allison died on 16 August, 2016 from a critical head injury incurred at his home in Tucson, Arizona. Lee was a passionate advocate for geoinformatics and new ways to share, collect, and use information relating to the geosciences, and held leadership roles in geoinformatics projects of national and international significance. As Lee would wish, the work of the e-I&DM project continued to move forward after this abrupt and tragic intellectual loss. Thanks to all for the commitment continually shown to the e-I&DM project and to the principles of geoinformatics, data sharing, and open science that Lee championed with unflagging enthusiasm and dedication.