Cheryl Gansecki teaches geology courses at the University of Hawaiʻi–Hilo and intensive volcanology field camps in Hawaiʻi for the Black Hills Field Station. She holds a BA in earth science and archaeology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in geology from Stanford University. She has researched volcanoes in Greece, Yellowstone, and Hawaiʻi. She works with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to monitor Kīlauea Volcano, both in the field and in the lab studying the chemistry of erupted lava. She also filmed and produced many educational videos—and a card game—about volcanoes along with spouse and fellow volcanologist, Ken Hon.