VOLCANO WATCH: Aloha and Happy Retirement to Janet Babb

  • The degassing lava lake within Halema’uma’u at the summit of Kilauea was a fitting backdrop in 2009 for USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologist Janet Babb, who later co-produced a video about the summit eruption. The lava lake drained away in 2018 as the summit crater collapsed, but the video — USGS General Information Product 182 — can still be viewed online. Babb recently retired from HVO. (USGS photo/courtesy)

With heavy heart, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) bids aloha to Janet Babb, outreach geologist and educator extraordinaire who retired from federal service in late March. Because of her dedication and guidance over the years, HVO is well-positioned to carry on a tradition of quality media and public engagement.