New Director and State Geologist

Sue Swanson outdoorsWe are pleased to welcome Dr. Sue Swanson as the next Director and State Geologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. She begins her new role on September 1.

She replaces Dr. Ken Bradbury, who retired in July 2022. Dr. Eric Carson served as Interim Director and State Geologist for the past year.

Sue joins the Survey from Beloit College, where she was a professor of geology, chair of natural sciences, and Weeks Chair in Physical and Human Geography. She served in these and other roles at Beloit College since 2001. More about Sue’s background.

As the Director and State Geologist, Sue will provide overall leadership, direction, and coordination for planning, implementation and evaluation of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey programs.

Please help us welcome Sue to the Survey!