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Trent Richardson, PhD

Dr. Trent Richardson serves as the Deputy Associate Director for Natural Hazards where he oversees the geologic hazards and coastal-marine programs of the USGS and coordinates the hazard response and planning activities for the Bureau.


As Deputy Associate Director, Trent advances strategic mission area initiatives across the Natural Hazards Mission Area (NHMA) programs as well as across the USGS. Through this role, he guides the development, implementation, and evaluation of mission area-wide policies and programs and represents these accomplishments for the USGS Missions, Bureau, and the Department of the Interior. Trent is focused on improving the effectiveness of operations, evaluating organizational structure, and successfully executing the mission area’s appropriations. He is a champion for a diverse set of mission area science initiatives and conveying their purpose and value to a wide range of audiences.

Trent also coordinates NHMA performance management activities, program reviews and metrics, and the mapping of science initiatives to the Director’s and Secretary’s priorities. In addition, Trent serves as the primary point of contact regarding recruitment activities, workforce planning, and ensuring supervisory duties across the mission area are carried out in accordance with policy and regulation. Trent fosters a work environment among staff where the USGS core values are recognized and respected across the breadth of the organization.

Trent has made key accomplishments through championing groundbreaking science initiatives and coordinating event response. He supports strategic communication activities to ensure that NHMA products and news reach key audiences and serve the overall USGS mission.