U.S. Geological Survey
Dave Ramsey is a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington. He specializes in spatial analysis for volcano hazards, mapping, and assessments, mainly as applied to Cascade volcanoes such as Mount St. Helens, Glacier Peak, and Medicine Lake. His current projects include compilation and analysis of a spatial database of recent volcanic vents in the western conterminous U.S., field mapping of volcanic ash from recent explosive eruptions at Medicine Lake volcano in northern California, and characterization of potential hazards and risk from future explosive eruptions at Medicine Lake.
Ramsey also serves as a geological hazards advisor for the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), providing guidance and technical assistance on program development and disaster risk reduction activities related to geological hazards. He works with the OFDA-supported Volcano Disaster Assistance program on planning, monitoring and evaluation, volcano hazards mapping, and communications projects. Ramsey is a lead co-author of the forthcoming USGS risk implementation plan. He earned a master's degree in geology from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree in geology from Mount Union College.