Science Center Director
2255 North Gemini Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-1637
Laszlo received his bachelors degrees from the University of Texas in Austin, in Mathematics and Geophysics. He completed a masters in Planetary Sciences and doctorate in Geology from the California Institute of Technology. He was employed as a research associate by both the University of Hawai'i and the University of Arizona but resided mostly on Kilauea Volcano, working at the USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory as a volunteer/guest. He was hired by the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in 2003 as a research geologist.
The University of Texas at Austin
1987 B.S., Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude
1988 B.S. with Honors, Geological Sciences (Geophysics Option), Summa Cum Laude
California Institute of Technology
1993 M.S., Planetary Science
1994 Ph.D., Geology, Thesis: On the Thermal Budget of Pahoehoe Lava Flows, Advisor: Bruce C. Murray
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow
1994-1996 University of Hawaii at Manoa and U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Supervisor: Stephen Self
2003-present Research Geologist Astrogeology Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Studying volcanism on Io, Mars, and the Earth. Lead advisor for a USGS Mendenhall Fellow working with the Volcano Hazards Program and the National Park Service to study geothermal activity at Yellowstone from space. Involved in nascent NASA activities to train astronauts in geology and hazards related to asteroid impacts.
2011 Associate Science Center Director for Technical Operations Astrogeology Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Overseeing the technical activities (cartography, software development, computer science, data archival, etc.) in the Astrogeology Science Center with a focus on managing the varied portfolio of NASA-funded projects.
2004-2007 Assistant Team Chief Scientist for Science Astrogeology Program, U.S. Geological Survey. Assisting the Team Chief Scientist in the program’s scientific endeavors.
2001-2003 Senior Research Associate Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. Worked to use volcanism to probe the interiors of Io and Mars.
1996-2001 Research Associate Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. Worked with the Galileo SSI camera to study the active volcanism on Jupiter’s moon, Io. Also examined volcanic features seen in the Mars Global Surveyor data.
1998-1999 Physical Volcanologist Ocean Drilling Project, Leg 183. Examined drill cores and downhole logging data from Kerguelen Plateau flood lavas.
1996-2002 Associate Researcher School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawai’i. Worked on the emplacement of the Columbia River Basalts as inflated pahoehoe sheet flows. Also studied the crystallization, cooling, and hardening of basalt on Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii.
1991-1999 Guest Investigator U. S. Geological Survey, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Assisted the staff in monitoring the >24-year-long Kilauea eruption. Specialized in collecting in situ field data on the dynamics and cooling of lava flows.