Coming home: HVO welcomes Deputy Scientist-in-Charge David Phillips

New Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Deputy Scientist-in-Charge David Phillips and his wife, Francine Coloma, with Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji in the background. (Photo courtesy of Yasushi Harada/Special to West Hawaii Today)

It takes a village to run a volcano observatory. The position of deputy scientist-in-charge (DSIC), once called operations manager but always known as the right hand to the scientist-in-charge, has long been key to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s success, especially as technology has advanced and staff size increased. Continuing in the tradition of skilled and dedicated leaders including Reggie Okamura, his brother Arnold Okamura, and recently retired Steve Brantley, HVO is proud to welcome David Phillips to the team.