In late July, Jeff Freymueller was named as the new Alaska Volcano Observatory Coordinating Scientist. The decision was made among administrators with the Geophysical Institute, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Freymueller is currently a professor of geophysics. He joined the Geophysical Institute faculty in 1995. He earned his masters and doctorate from the University of South Carolina.
Freymueller replaces Steve McNutt who is moving out of state.