Lauren N Schaefer


Lauren joined the USGS as a Mendenhall Research Fellow at the Geologic Hazards Science Center (GHSC) in Golden, Colorado in June 2020. Her research interests include multidisciplinary applications of synthetic aperture radar and spectroscopy remote sensing, landslide and volcano monitoring, seismically induced landslides, experimental rock mechanics, material evolution in dynamic systems, and volcano collapse hazards. She is additionally interested in natural hazard emergency management and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the geosciences. She has previously served as a volunteer for the Red Cross, AmeriCorps, and GeoCorps America. 


Education and work experience

2019-2020: Research Associate, Colorado School of Mines, USA

2016-2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

2013-2016: PhD, Geological Engineering, Michigan Technological University, USA

2010-2012: MS, Geology, Michigan Technological University and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

2005-2009: BA, Environmental Geoscience, DePauw University, USA


Fellowship and award highlights

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Natural Hazards Graduate Research award

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute fellowship

Association for Environmental and Engineering Geology (AEG) Marliave Scholar award