UW News

UW experts on Mount St. Helens

This list has been updated in May 2020 for the 40th anniversary of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is hosting a virtual event on Monday, May 18.


Name Expertise
George Bergantz Volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. Numerical modeling, lab experiments and field studies.
Ken Creager Slow slip and tremor; imaging of Earth’s mantle; a lead investigator on the Imaging Magma Under St. Helens (iMUSH) project.
Jerry Franklin Ecosystem recovery, including how surviving plants and animals helped the mountain recover much more quickly than expected. Franklin was among the first scientists on the scene at Mount St. Helens after the 1980 blast.
Thomas Hinckley Long-term research at Mount St. Helens, ecological lessons learned, pre- and post-1980 mountain, lessons learned on risks associated with volcanoes
Steve Malone Regional earthquake and volcanic hazards; helped to monitor and study the first major modern eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
Harold Tobin Subduction zones, Cascadia Subduction Zone, earthquakes, “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system


From the UW News archive

Additional resources

mountain lodge

Harry Truman’s Mount St. Helens lodge photograph collection, 1940-1950

UW Libraries, Special Collections

dated mountain photograph

William Ward Miller slides of Washington state, 1947-1955

UW Libraries, Special Collections

satelite image of Mount St. Helens eruption

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service Collection of Mount St. Helens Photographs, 1980

UW Libraries, Special Collections

mountain erupting

Easterbrook Geological Photograph Collection

UW Libraries, Special Collections