Kate Allstadt, Ph.D.


I joined the team at the USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center in Golden, CO in June 2015 after studying at the University of Washington followed by a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA.

I focused on multidisciplinary applications of seismic and geophysical techniques to landslide and earthquake hazards. I work with both the Landslide Hazards Program and Earthquake Hazards Program as well as with collaborators in the Volcano Hazards Program on a variety of topics such as incorporating seismically induced landsliding and liquefaction loss estimates into existing real-time products (PAGER, ShakeCast) and seismic monitoring and geophysical investigations of landslides and debris flows.

As a postdoc, I cofounded the ongoing GeoGirls at Mount St. Helens field camp designed to keep middle school girls interested in science through hands-on field experiences and interactions with strong science role models. I continue to stay involved with the program.

Research Interests

Multidisciplinary Applications of Seismology, Hazard and Disaster mitigation, Seismically Induced Landslides, Landslide Seismology, Earthquake and Volcano monitoring, Real-time products, Engineering seismology and Site Effects


2009 – 2013                University of Washington, PhD, Seismology/Geophysics

2008 – 2009                Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France and ROSE School, Pavia, Italy, M.S., Engineering Seismology

2003 - 2008                   Northeastern University, B.S., Environmental Geology

Research and Professional Experience

2015 – present            Research Geophysicst, USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center, Golden CO

2014 – 2015                National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory: Toward early detection and tracking of mass movements at volcanoes using seismic methods.

2013 – 2014                Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington: M9 Cascadia megaquakes: reducing risk through science, engineering, and planning.

2009 – 2013                Duty Seismologist for Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant, University of Washington