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Ask Sally Kuhn Sennert (Global Volcanism Program) your questions!

Rocky Planet iconRocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiJun 22, 2010 7:06 AM


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As a part of my continuing Q&A series, I am pleased to announce that Sally Kuhn Sennert, compiler and author of the weekly Global Volcanism Program Volcanic Activity Reports, is the next up to take your questions. A little bit about Sally:

Sally Kuhn Sennert graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. She worked with non-human primates for several years before deciding to switch gears and pursue her first love, Geology. She returned to the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her Master's degree in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Mike Ramsey. The focus of her work was to map changes in glassy and vesiculated textures across the Soufriere Hills lava-dome surface over time, using thermal infrared images captured by the ASTER satellite, and compare her findings to other eruption data, and ultimately to evaluate hazard potential. Currently, she is at the Department of Mineral Sciences in the National Museum of Natural History, where she has been writing the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for the past four years. Sally's position represents cooperation between the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazard Program.

I know many of you read the reports diligently every week, so here's your chance to ask Sally about her work, what its like to put the reports together or anything else you think might be interesting to ask. Send your questions to

and I'll collect your questions until June 30 when I'll send selected questions off to Sally to answer.

If you want to browse some of the other Q&A columns, check them out:

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