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Gari Mayberry

I am the US Geological Survey (USGS) and US Agency for International Development Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance  (USAID/BHA) Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction Team Lead and Geoscience Advisor.  

I am the US Geological Survey (USGS) and US Agency for International Development Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance  (USAID/BHA) Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction Team Lead and Geoscience Advisor.  I lead the USAID/BHA team that leads on issues related to international geological and meteorological hazards and general disaster risk reduction issues, including climate change. I am a geologist/volcanologist who provides guidance and technical assistance on program development, disaster response, and mitigation activities in the fields of earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and tsunamis to USAID/BHA, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, as well as other bureaus in USAID. I serve as liaison with the USGS, from which I am seconded, and help to manage the USGS-USAID Volcano Disaster Assistance Program and the Landslide and Earthquake Disaster Assistance Teams. 

Professional Experience

  • USGS-USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (formerly Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Geoscience Advisor, 2004-present

  • Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program- Weekly Volcanic Activity Report Editor, 2000-2004

Education and Certifications

  • Michigan Technological University, Geology MS

  • Wesleyan University, Earth and Environmental Sciences BA

Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)

  • National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG)

  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Honors and Awards

  • USGS Special Thanks For Achieving Results (STAR) Awards 2000, 2002, 2009, 2012, and 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020

  • USAID 2010 Distinguished Group Award Haiti Earthquake Disaster Assistance Response Team and Response Management Team

  • USAID 2011 Meritorious Group Award for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Assistance Response Team and Response Management Team