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Dave Applegate

Associate Director for Natural Hazards

U.S. Geological Survey







David Applegate is Associate Director for Natural Hazards at the U.S. Geological Survey. In that role, he leads USGS hazards planning and response activities and oversees the Coastal & Marine Geology, Earthquake Hazards, Global Seismographic Network, Geomagnetism, Landslide Hazards, and Volcano Hazards Programs. He co-chairs the National Science and Technology Council’s interagency Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction and co-leads the Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group. Prior to joining USGS in 2004, he worked on science policy at the American Geological Institute for 8 years 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. Born and raised in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Applegate holds a B.S. in geology from Yale University and a Ph.D., also in geology, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.