Lauren Schaefer joined the USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center in June 2020. Lauren is a researcher with the Landslide Hazards Program investigating landslide hazards using a variety of geotechnical engineering and remote sensing techniques.
Her research interests include multidisciplinary applications of synthetic aperture radar and spectral imaging, landslide and volcano monitoring, experimental rock mechanics, and material evolution in dynamic systems. 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.
2020-2021: U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellow
2019-2020: Research Associate, Colorado School of Mines, USA
2016-2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Education and Certifications
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
Honors and Awards
U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Research Fellowship
American Geophysical Union Natural Hazards Graduate Research Award
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship
Michigan Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship
Association for Environmental and Engineering Geology Marliave Scholar Award
Science and Products
Science and Products
Non-USGS Publications**Schaefer LN, Kereszturi G, Villeneuve M., Kennedy B, (2021) Determining physical and mechanical volcanic rock properties via reflectance spectroscopy. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 420. doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2021.107393Kereszturi G, Schaefer LN, Mead S, Miller C, Procter J, and Kennedy BM (2021) Synthesis of hydrothermal alteration, rock mechanics and geophysical mapping to constrain failure and debris avalanche hazards at Mt Ruapehu (New Zealand). New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, IAVCEI Special Issue: Cenozoic Volcanism in New Zealand. https://doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2021.1885048Santi P and Schaefer LN (Eds.) (2021) Special Issue on Debris Flows Volume 1. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 27(1). https://doi.org/10.2113/gseegeosci.27.1.1Santi P and Schaefer LN (Eds.) (2021) Special Issue on Debris Flows- Part 2. Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 27(2). https://doi.org/10.2113/gseegeosci.27.2.151Schaefer LN, Santi PM, Duran TC (2021) Debris flow behavior during the September 2013 rainstorm event in the Colorado Front Range, USA. Landslides, 1(11). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-020-01590-5Schipper I, Castro JM, Kennedy BM, Tuffen H, Whattam J, Wadsworth FB, Paisley R, Fitzgerald R, Rhodes E, Schaefer LN, Ashwell P, Forte P, Seropian G, Alloway B. (2021) Silicic conduits as supersized tuffisites: Clastogenic influences on shifting eruption styles at Cordón Caulle volcano (Chile). Bulletin of Volcanology, 83(11). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-020-01432-1Kendrick JE, Schaefer LN, Schauroth J, Bell AF, Lamb O, Lamur A, Miwa T, Coats R, Lavallée Y, Kennedy B. (2020) Physical and mechanical rock properties of a heterogeneous volcano; the case of Mount Unzen, Japan. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. https://doi.org/10.5194/se-2020-163Wallace CS, Schaefer LN, Villeneuve MC (2020) Constraining the material properties and triggering mechanism of a catastrophic volcanic dome collapse at Shiveluch volcano, Russia, using the finite element method. In: Proceedings of the 54th US Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association. Golden, CO.Kereszturi G, Schaefer LN, Miller CA, Mead S (2020) Hydrothermal alteration on composite volcanoes- mineralogy, hyperspectral imaging and aeromagnetic study of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand. Earth and Space Science, 21(9). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GC009270Schaefer LN, Kennedy BM, Kendrick JE, Lavallee Y, Takahiro M (2020) Laboratory measurements of damage evolution in dynamic volcanic environments: from slow to rapid strain events. In: Proceedings of the 54th US Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association. Golden, CO.Miller CA, Schaefer LN, Kereszturi G, Fourier D. (2020) Three dimensional mapping of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand, from aeromagnetic data inversion and hyperspectral imaging. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125(2). https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JB018247Schaefer LN, Di Traglia F, Lu Z, Chaussard E, Nolesini T, Casagli C (2019) Monitoring volcano slope instability with Synthetic Aperture Radar: a review and new data from Pacaya (Guatemala) and Stromboli (Italy) volcanoes. Earth-Science Reviews, 192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.03.009Kereszturi G, Pullanagari R, Mead S, Schaefer LN, Procter J, Schleiffarth WK, Kennedy B (2018) Geological mapping of hydrothermal alteration on volcanoes from multi-sensor platforms. In: Proceedings of the 2018 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 23-27 July. Valencia, Spain.Kereszturi G, Schaefer LN, W. Schleiffarth WK, Procter J, Pullanagari R, Mead S, Kennedy B (2018) Integrating airborne hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR for volcano mapping and monitoring through image classification. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2018.07.006Schaefer LN, Kennedy BM, Villeneuve MC, Cook SC, Jolly A, Keys H, Leonard G (2018) Stability assessment of the Crater Lake/Te Wai-ā-moe overflow channel at Mt. Ruapehu (New Zealand), and implications for volcanic lake break-out triggers. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 358C. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2018.06.011Schaefer LN, Wang T, Escobar-Wolf R, Oommen T, Lu Z, Kim J, Lundgren PR, and Waite GP (2017) Three-dimensional displacements of a large volcano flank movement during the May 2010 eruptions at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala. Geophysical Research Letters, 44. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL071402Schaefer LN, Lu Z, Oommen T (2016) Post-eruption deformation processes measured using ALOS-1 and UAVSAR InSAR at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala. Remote Sensing 8(1). https://doi:10.3390/rs8010073Schaefer LN, Kendrick JE, Oommen T, Lavallée Y, Chigna G (2015) Geomechanical rock properties of a basaltic volcano. Frontiers in Earth Science 3. https://doi:10.3389/feart.2015.00029Schaefer LN, Lu Z, Oommen T (2015) Dramatic volcanic instability revealed by InSAR. Geology 43. https://doi:10.1130/G36678.1Schaefer LN, Oommen T, Corazzato C, Tibaldi A, Escobar-Wolf R, Rose WI (2013) An integrated field-numerical approach to assess slope stability hazards at volcanoes: the example of Pacaya, Guatemala. Bulletin of Volcanology 75. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00445-013-0720-7Schaefer LN, Oommen T, Corazzato C, Tibaldi A, Rose WI (2012) Numerical modeling of volcanic slope instability and related hazards at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala. In: Proceedings of 46th US Rock Mechanics Geomechanics Symposium, American Rock Mechanics Association. Chicago, IL.
**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.