Cynthia Gardner is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Cascades Volcano Observatory.  She has worked for the Volcano Hazards Program since 1983.  Her research focus is eruptive history and eruptive processes at explosive volcanoes, primarily in the Cascades and in Alaska.  In addition to her research, she has worked with emergency managers at all governmental levels since the late 1990s to develop interagency response plans in the event of volcanic activity at Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams in Washington State, and at Mount Hood in the state of Oregon.  She has experience in responding to volcanic unrest and eruption at Redoubt Volcano, Alaska (1989-1990); Crater Peak volcano, Alaska (1992); Montserrat, British West Indies (1995); Mount St. Helens, Washington (2004-2008) and Augustine Volcano, Alaska (2006). Ms. Gardner was the USGS eruptive coordinator for the Mount St. Helens eruption from September 2004 to January 2008, the Scientist-in-Charge of the USGS' Cascades Volcano Observatory from January 2005 until November 2010, and acting Team Chief of the Volcano Hazards team from May 2009 until January 2010, a position that oversees the five USGS volcano observatories and the volcano hazard research center at Menlo Park, CA.  She has since returned to research, but remains active in working with communities on volcano hazard issues.  She was named a Geological Society of America Fellow in 2009.

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