A passion for geology: UH-Hilo grads reflect on work with HVO, Kilauea

  • Courtesy of USGS HVO Liliana DeSmither photographs the front of the channelized ʻaʻā flow on June 28, 2016.

  • Miki Warren, front, and another HVO gas scientist collect helium samples from fumaroles in the Sulphur Banks, or Ha‘akulamanu area of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on September 30, 2020. (Courtesy of T. Elias/USGS HVO)

  • Courtesy of USGS HVO Katie Mulliken monitors lava damage in Leilani Estates during eruption response in 2018.

  • Courtesy of Miki Warren/USGS HVO Miki Warren gives a thumbs-up with RCUH vehicle before collecting gas emissions data in the fall of 2020.

  • Courtesy of USGS HVO Liliana DeSmither measures the surface temperature of a crack at Nohea Street in the Leilani subdivision with a thermal imaging infrared camera on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

  • Gas geochemists, including Miki Warren, collected geochemical spectral data using the light put off from the new lava fountain in Halema’uma’u on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (Courtesy of Miki Warren/USGS HVO)

Since Kilauea volcano began eruption again in December, three University of Hawaii-Hilo geology alumnae have been working at the forefront of the action.