Driedger, Carolyn

My career began with research on glaciers, principally those gracing our Cascade Range volcanoes, and later on glacier-related floods and debris flows. Witnessing the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and taking part in the response set the course for several fascinating scientific projects. It also provided a front-row seat for observation and reflection regarding the role of science in society. As CVO’s Outreach Coordinator, I work in partnership with public officials, emergency planners, media, park interpreters, and educators to advance the cause of volcano preparedness.  Some earlier career choices have informed current work, including several years of teaching in a US public school and a private school in Kathmandu, Nepal, and working for the National Park Service.  My education continues daily through partnership projects and communications with the media, officials, and the public.

  • USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, WA 1990-present
  • USGS WA Water Resources District Office, Tacoma, WA 1987 – 1990
  • USGS National Research Program Project Office – Glaciology, Tacoma, WA 1978 – 1986
  • Education: M.S. Shippensburg State University of Pennsylvania, 1978; B.S. Bloomsburg State University of Pennsylvania, 1975

(Updated Oct. 2021)

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