Staff Scientist, US Geological Survey
Kristin Ludwig is a staff scientist in the US Geological Survey’s (USGS) Natural Hazards Mission Area and an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Ludwig is part of the Department of the Interior Strategic Sciences Group (SSG), which was created in 2012 to support decision making during environmental crises affecting Departmental resources. When deployed, the SSG rapidly convenes multidisciplinary teams of experts to develop scenarios to assess short- and long-term environmental, social, and economic consequences and identify actionable interventions.
Ludwig co-led the SSG deployment in response to Hurricane Sandy and has since contributed to establishing SSG partnerships with 21 professional societies to expedite the formation of future SSG crisis science teams. In addition to her work with the SSG, Ludwig collaborates with the USGS Science Application for Risk Reduction project on translating hazards science to risk assessments and serves on multiple interagency committees for preparedness and community resilience.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Ludwig was as an American Association for the Advancement of Science S&T Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation and USGS; managed communications for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership; and developed education programs and exhibits for the Pacific Science Center. Ludwig holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.