Profile: Brittany Brand
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Professor Brand's research interests include eruption dynamics, sediment transport in volcanic flows and volcanic hazard assessment. The foundation of her research is field-based observation and measurements, which are used for development and validation of experimental and numerical models. Establishing relationships between depositional characteristics and eruptive processes is a fundamental first step toward answering outstanding questions regarding the controls on eruption dynamics, mechanisms of sediment transport and hazards associated with sediment gravity flows, and the local and global consequences of volcanism on Earth and other planets. Brand also works to bridge science and society and have been developing a collaborative project to understand the perception of natural hazards and risk in the Pacific Northwest.
NoteStreams By Brittany Brand
Without checking your calendar, can you remember where you were at 8:30 a.m. April 24, 2015? Some of you might, but more will likely have to think hard to remember. In contrast, if you ask someone who lived in the Pacific Northwest 35 years ago where they were at 8:32 am on May 18, 1980, they will tell you exactly what they were doing without hesitation. Momentous events like the massive explosive eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington state live in the memory of those who experience them forever. The volcano and its surrounding landscape were forever changed, as was our understanding of how volcanoes work and the hazards associated with explosive eruptions. The eruption claimed 57 human lives and caused $2.7 billion in damages.