Stephen leads the Landslide Disaster Assistance Team (LDAT) which was co-founded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA).
LDAT strives to support foreign partners on landslide hazards through training, hazards education, and emergency response. LDAT assists foreign partners, upon their request, with technical capacity building on issues they have identified as priorities for disaster risk reduction related to landslide hazards. Our goal is to support and empower foreign partners so they can take the lead in identifying and mitigating landslides hazards in their home countries. Stephen also assists in domestic landslide emergency response, coordinating with first responders and decision-makers to provide geologic hazard situational awareness.