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Sally Sennert

I am a volcanologist specializing in satellite remote sensing, summarizing current worldwide volcanic activity, data capture and archiving, and science communication. 

I am the editor of the Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report and have been embedded with the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program since 2006. I specialize in summarizing worldwide volcanic activity as it unfolds, by utilizing technical reports in multiple languages and piecing together an eruption story from a multitude of both official and non-official sources. I am also a satellite image analyst with the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) remote sensing team, working at the USGS National Civil Applications Center (NCAC) at the Reston Headquarters. I am interested in understanding all aspects of an eruption, including the history of the volcano, what the data can and cannot tell us, how decisions are made during a crisis, and how those decisions are communicated to the public. I am particularly interested in how eruption responses vary over time and from country to country.

Professional Experience

  • 20th Anniversary of the Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report https://volcano.si.edu/projects/wvar20/

Education and Certifications

  • M.S., Geology and Planetary Science, University of Pittsburgh, December 2003

    Thesis title- Characterization of Dome Processes at Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat: Synthesis of Infrared Remote Sens

  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, May 1997