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Mitigating Hazards at Home and Abroad

June 2022

Student with trowel standing in a deep trench

Abby Mangum’s passion for hazard mitigation got her involved in researching earthquakes and tsunamis during her BYU undergraduate years. Her studies have taken her as far away as Indonesia.

Now in a master’s program, Abby aims to make a difference in her community by working with environmental agencies to study hazards.

Abby Mangum digs a tsunami trench in Indonesia during a BYU research trip to study environmental hazards.

As a native of Springville, Utah, she was drawn to the local study on drought-caused dust. Studying urban dust is critical to helping the environment because dust can affect everything from drinking water to the economy.

Studying urban dust is critical to helping the environment because dust can affect everything from drinking water to snowpack levels, and even the local economy.