U.S. Geological Survey
David Applegate is the associate director for natural hazards at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He co-chairs the National Science and Technology Council's inter-agency Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction and co-leads the Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group. Before joining the USGS in 2004, he directed science policy for eight years at the American Geological Institute and before that served with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as the American Geophysical Union's Congressional Science Fellow and as a professional staff member. He holds a bachelor's in geology from Yale and a PhD in geology from M.I.T.