Kris is a staff scientist in the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area.
She is part of the Department of the Interior Strategic Sciences Group (SSG), which was created in 2012 to support decision making during environmental crises affecting Departmental resources. Kris co-led the 2018 SSG activation to support response to the Kilauea eruption and the 2013 SSG response to support recovery from Hurricane Sandy. She has also participated in several SSG tabletop exercises and workshops in topics ranging from climate change to Zika virus. In addition to her work with the SSG, Kris collaborates with the USGS Science Application for Risk Reduction project and serves on multiple interagency committees for preparedness and community resilience. Prior to her current position, Kris was as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation and previously managed communications for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.