Steve Lundblad experienced firsthand the eruption of Mt. St. Helens because it covered his hometown with ash during his high school years. This encounter, coupled with his interest in the outdoors, fostered his interest in volcanoes and geology. Steve received his BA from Harvard University and earned a master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin and a PhD at the University of North Carolina. He is currently a professor of Geology at University of Hawaiʻi–Hilo and is the recipient of the 2018 UH Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award. Along with his students, Steve monitors ground deformation of the Kīlauea Volcano.