Christina Neal

Scientist in Charge

Christina (Tina) Neal began her USGS career at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) in 1983 arriving early in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption, during which she joined the HVO team tracking and studying Kīlauea’s activity. She transitioned to the Geologic Map of the Island of Hawai‘i project in 1984 and prepared updated geologic maps of Kīlauea’s summit and Southwest Rift Zone. In 1990, Tina joined the new Alaska Volcano Observatory where she conducted geologic mapping and studies of eruptions and unrest at more than a dozen Aleutian volcanoes. She is an expert on volcanic ash and aviation safety and interagency coordination during volcanic eruption response.  From 1998 to 2000, she served as the first Geoscience Advisor to the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. In 2004, she spent two months as a Science Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, where she worked on volcano hazard mitigation. In 2005–2015, she led USGS/AVO’s cooperative work with Russian volcanology counterparts at observatories in the Russian Far East.  In March 2015, Neal began her tenure as Scientist-in-Charge of HVO, where her focus has been on staff development, support, preparing for the possibility of an eruption at Mauna Loa Volcano, and responding to the dramatic events at Kīlauea Volcano in 2018.


March 29, 2019
Kilauea Volcano Update & Post Eruption Recovery Efforts