I am a Forestry Engineering Geologist that works for the state of Washington and I work mainly on landslides, but also channel migration zones, wetlands, or various other scientific problems in the forest environment.
I am a computer geek by every word of the definition and love GIS and GIS applications.

I graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Geological Sciences (back when there were geology tracks, I followed the biology track – known as geobiology).

After graduating, I worked on the River History Project  digitizing, orthorectifying and georeferencing maps.

I started with the Department of Natural Resources in 2004, working on the Landslide Hazard Zonation Project (standardized methods for conducting landslide inventories and producing unstable-slopes-hazard maps to support the forest practices rules in identification of unstable slopes) and migrated into the hazards section of the Washington Geological Survey, where I worked on various issues regarding landslides in Washington State.  I helped to create and maintain the Washington Landslide Database as well as participated on projects, such as the shallow landslide forecasting model DSCF3761

In 2014, my career took a major turn and I moved into the Forest Practices Division of the Washington State DNR, working as part of the Forest Practices Science Team.  I currently cover the NE Region of DNR for Forest Practices issues, but also work with emerging landslide issues in the area as well as participate in the DNR Wildland Fire in the summer.


This is an independent and personal blog and has no association with any state agency.

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7 Responses to “About”

  1. Hi!

    Love your site! We’re also trying to put together a “Did you see it?” type of public reporting mechanism – how has your exprience been with the feedback? (I know the “official” WA site has one, too)

    I really like the format you have and it’s chock full of information! I’m not sure we here at the Fed would be permitted to put something together on our website, but it’s worth exploring. So far, the two blogs I’ve encountered Dave’s and yours are excellent – keep up the good work!

    Best wishes,
    Lynn Highland, Geographer
    US Geological Survey
    Landslide Hazards Program
    Golden, CO

  2. kellee Says:

    Very Cool to say the least.If I only stayed in school, I’d be like you.

    I found you, getting your info on the 410 slide.
    I’m looking for work, but hey your picture- is
    that a GOV. approved SAFTEY SKIRT?

    Kellee, Owner/operator
    1st Class Transport
    WBE/DBE/DOT Certified
    Ravensdale, Wa.


  3. Isabelle Says:

    Funny you should mention the skirt. To me it is a safety skirt, when I first started at DNR, I tried wearing pants into the field and I fell on my face numerous times. I had always hiked in skirts and that is what comes natural to me, especially out in the woods. That picture is of me in the Iowa/Mint Mine up in the Sultan Basin.

  4. magmatist Says:

    Howdy! I write a Northwest Geology Field Trips blog at http://nwgeology.wordpress.com. I have posted a field trip to the Racehorse Creek landslide, the largest one in the state resulting from the early January 2009 Pineapple Express. The post gives directions to hike to the landslide, a link to a GSA poster pdf, and a number of photos from the slide.
    C’mon over for a look-see. The field trip can be found at:


    Dave Tucker, WWU, Bellingham

  5. magmatist Says:

    Hello again, Sliders! There is a new field trip on the Northwest Geology Field Trips blog about rockslides along Chuckanut Drive south of Bellingham.
    Take a gander at:
    Dave Tucker

  6. Pelpina Trip Says:


    Our Reporter Dan X. McGraw recently did a story on landslides in the North Texas area. We thought you might be interested.

    Feel free to share the link:


    Pelpina Trip
    Social Media Reporter
    The 33 News

  7. Matt Brunengo Says:

    Hi Belle —

    I just discovered this site (googled Savage Isd LS, looking for details).

    Cheers —


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