HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - For only the second time in the history of its existence, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's head scientist will be a woman.
Christina Neal coincidentally starts her new job on International Women's Day.
Neal is taking over for Jim Kauahikaua who held the seat of lead scientist for over a decade.
Neal isn't new to Hawaii or the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory; she worked for the research facility when she lived on the Big Island in the 1980's.
Departed from the islands for nearly 25 years, Neal worked in Alaska as a USGS geologist.
Finally back in the tropics, Neal says she is excited about her new endeavor and proud to give back to the state she once called home.
"It's really a tremendous honor to have been selected to lead this wonderful institution. HVO as you know is a world class scientific group and it's also a really important critical part of Hawaii's state management system" said Neal.