SONJA MELANDER, SCIENCE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

SONJA MELANDER, SCIENCE EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Sonja loves volcanoes! Before her recent move to the Pacific Northwest, Sonja worked as an educator at Montserrat Volcano Observatory in the Caribbean and as a Geological Society of America intern at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. Sonja earned her Masters of Science in Geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research focused on caldera volcanism in Italy. Sonja has also poked around volcanoes, old and new, in New Mexico, Nevada, Michigan, Mexico, and the Canary Islands. Sonja enjoys walking on soft moss, listening to the sounds of moving water, kissing rocks, doodling, taking photographs, kayaking, and finding new places to explore and adventure! Sonja loves being outside, whether it’s for geologic fieldwork, rockhounding, or just meandering. She also really hopes that one day volcanology will discover that volcanoes are powered by dragons, but sadly realizes that’s probably not going to happen.

Sonja can be contacted at (360) 891-5107 or smelander@mshinstitute.org.