Alice Pennaz

Alice is a social scientist working as a program analyst in the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area.  Alice works on a variety of efforts related to risk research and applications, as well as science during crisis. 


Alice co-leads the Strategic Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Project (SHIRA), a collaborative project between USGS and the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Emergency Management to identify risk to DOI lands and resources.  She staffs the DOI Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) that takes a unique approach to disaster response by quickly deploying multi-disciplinary groups of experts to consider the cascading economic, environmental, and social consequences of disasters.  Alice co-led the SSG's activation to support response to the 2018 Kilauea eruption.  Alice is a member of the USGS Emergency Management team, working to improve scientific response to disaster events.  She is also the Executive Secretary for the interagency working group, Science for Disaster Reduction (SDR) where she co-leads US reporting to the United Nations Sendai Monitor on disaster losses as well as an effort to examine current and potential uses for science during disaster response.  Alice's interdisciplinary approach is informed by her research on environmental and human security in relationship to protected areas both in Northern Cameroon and in the Pacific West Region of the United States.   Prior to her current position, Alice was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow.  Alice holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California Berkeley.  She also served in the United States Peace Corps in northern Cameroon from 2004-2006.