Dave Applegate

As Associate Director for Natural Hazards, Dave Applegate, oversees the geologic hazard and coastal and marine programs of the USGS and coordinates the hazard response and planning activities for the bureau.


Career History and Highlights

Dr. Applegate is the Associate Director for Natural Hazards. He came to the USGS in 2004 as the first Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake and Geologic Hazards. Since 2006, he has led the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction, an interagency body providing guidance to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition to his USGS duties, Dr. Applegate is an adjunct full professor in the University of Utah's Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Dr. Applegate is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, and he is a past president of the Geological Society of Washington. In 2010, he received the USGS Shoemaker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Communication and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Professional. 

Prior to joining the USGS, Dr. Applegate spent eight years with the American Geological Institute, where he directed science policy and was the editor of Geotimes (now Earth). Dr. Applegate has also served with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as the American Geophysical Union's Congressional Science Fellow and as a professional staff member.


Dr. Applegate has a B.S. in geology from Yale University and a Ph.D., also in geology, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.