SOEST volcanologists, past and present, play a major direct role in Kīlauea science response

Bruce Houghton, the Gordon A Macdonald Professor of Volcanology, has been a part of the field response team from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) since a week before the new eruption began on Kīlauea.

Houghton commented, “The SOEST Department of Geology and Geophysics (GG) and the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) have an outstanding endorsement of our training of volcanologists as seen in the composition of the HVO response crew.”

The group of some 40 HVO-affiliated scientists working 24/7 at the observatory includes 9 past or present GG/ HIGP graduates.

Jim Kauahikaua (USGS scientist, ex-scientist-in-charge)

Frank Trusdell (USGS scientist)

Wendy Stovall (USGS scientist)

Mathew Pattrick (USGS scientist)

Carolyn Parcheta (USGS scientist)

Tim Orr (USGS scientist)

Samantha Isgett (nee Weaver) (postdoctoral researcher)

Elise Rumpf (postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)

Brian Shiro (current PhD student)

Brett Walker (current PhD student)

Nick Turner (current PhD student)

Walker commented, “It is like a reunion of UH’s 21st century students in physical volcanology.”

The Dean of SOEST, Brian Taylor, further noted that “these numbers demonstrate the benefits to the State of Hawai‘i of the teaching in volcanology offered at UH-Manoa and are also a strong endorsement of the quality of our degrees.”