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Kris Ludwig is a staff scientist at the United States Geological Survey where she is part of a team that responds to natural disaster events. She has participated in the response effort for Hurricane Sandy and the Kilauea eruption, among many others. Kris is also an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington.
Name: Kris Ludwig
Title: Scientist (Geology + Oceanography)
Company: United States Geological Survey
What does your organization do?
Our job is to reduce risk to different communities that are posed by different natural hazard like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Hazards can occur in different communities all over the world. It’s something that happens regardless of the time of year, of the location or of the community. Everyone needs different types of information and in order to prepare themselves for different hazards and it’s our job and to provide some of that and to help different individuals, communities and regions prepare for different events so that they can be safer when the next event happens.
What is your role in the organization?
I’m a staff scientist at the US Geological Survey and during a response to an event, I’m part of a team called the Department of Interior Strategic Sciences Group. We pull together a team of experts ranging from different types of natural scientists and social scientists, engineers, even experts from the arts and cultures in order to weigh in on what may happen in the short and long term after event. We help decision makers know how best to mitigate negative effects that we see coming down the road.
What do you enjoy about your job?
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to use my science training in geology and oceanography in order to help different communities prepare for hazard events. I love the fact that I’m able to put some of my training to work in order to help different societal challenges. It’s very rewarding on a daily basis and especially rewarding when we get to help respond to an actual event. Also, I have the chance to work with so many different types of people on any given day. I’m working with scientists, with engineers, even with professionals in the arts community and cultural resources in order to help design solutions and support response to, and recovery from, different events. I love the diversity of people that I get to work with and that’s something that is really rewarding.