Jennifer LaVista

Communicating USGS science throughout the Southwest and Midwest regions


Over the last decade, Jennifer has worked on a number of USGS large-scale communication efforts including the Glen Canyon High Flow Experiment, the Coast Salish Tribal Journey, the 2011 Japan earthquake and has been on-site at numerous historic floods. Her favorite topics to cover include natural hazards and water-quality issues. 

Jennifer has a Masters in Health Science Communications from the University of Florida (2006), as well as a Masters Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University. She is a former ABC affiliate news producer.

When she's not working, you can find Jennifer hiking, skiing, climbing or camping with her husband and dog, Pepper. She is an avid traveler and also enjoys practicing aerial arts.