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David W. Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington.  He specializes in volcano hazards assessment and risk research and applications as a member of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP), co-funded by the USGS and the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA).

Dave is a co-leader of the USGS Risk Community of Practice, which focuses on risk research and applications from across the USGS to directly support decision makers in their efforts to better understand societal risk from hazards and to have the necessary information to make science-based, risk reduction decisions.  He also serves as a Geohazards Advisor for BHA's Natural Hazards Disaster Risk Reduction team, providing technical assistance to USAID on geological hazards and risk.  Dave is involved with monitoring and evaluation of VDAP activities and planning of future initiatives to assist foreign counterparts with preparing for and responding to volcanic crises.  He is also working on compilation and analysis of a spatial database of Holocene volcanic vents in the western conterminous U.S., field mapping and characterization of Holocene rhyolitic tephras at Medicine Lake volcano in northern California, and development of next generation volcano hazard and risk assessments.