Michigan Technological University

    Department of Geological and Engineering Sciences

    630 Dow, Environmental Sciences & Engineering Building

    1400 Townsend Dr.

    Houghton, MI, 49931-1295

    (906) 487-2531 Dept.

    hnlechne @ mtu.edu



Ph.D. Geology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 – in progress

       Advisors: Dr. Wayne Pennington, GMES; Dr. Brad Baltensperger, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

     GK12: Global Watershed Fellow

MS Geology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931 - 2010

    Advisor: Dr. Bill Rose

    Field Work: Peace Corps – El Salvador, 2007-2009

BA Geography; Minor-Geology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA 95521- Fall 1998

   Advisor: Dr. Stephen H. Cunha

   Field Work: 1998, Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Field Methods Camp: Research and investigation of coal deposits, mining and environmental aspects of the Kaiparowits Plateau; 1999, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary: Benefits of Reclaimed Wetlands. 



H.N. Lechner, C. Demets, D. Hernandez, W.I. Rose, (2013). A pilot study of Volcano Santa Ana (Illamatepec)

and the Coatepeque Caldera, El Salvador.  Geological Society of America Special Papers 498, 57-75.

H.N. Lechner (2011). An interdisciplinary approach to volcanic hazard assessment, risk perception and social vulnerability. NH13D-1403

           presented at the 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 5-9 Dec.

H.N. Lechner, C. Demets, W.I. Rose, D. Hernandez, D. Escobar, R.P. Escobar-Wolf, (2010). Differential GPS measurements at Santa Ana (Illamatepec) Volcanic Complex and associated deformation at the Coatepeque Caldera, September 2008 - September 2009. G23c-0845 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 13-17 Dec.



     Student Representative to the Executive Committee – AGU Natural Hazards Focus Group

     TA – GE200, Environmental Geology

Graduate Research Assistantship - Remote Sensing for Hazard Mitigation and Resource Protection in Pacific Latin America, 9/2011-12/2011

Developed GPS network and strategy to monitor deformation on Santa Ana Volcano, El Salvador

MTU Summer Youth Program Instructor, 7/2011

Agro-Forestry Volunteer, Peace Corps, El Salvador, 9/07-9/09

Substitute Teacher/TA for special ed., Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor, MI (11/04-05/05)

Environmental Educator/Naturalist, Pathfinder Ranch, Mt. Center, CA (1/02-5/02 & 1/03-5/04)

Substitute Teacher, Riverside Unified School District, CA, (11/01)

Environmental Education Volunteer, Peace Corps, Jamaica, 7/99-8/01

Interpretive Volunteer, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, 7/98-5/99



Applying Computational Models to Real-Case Scenarios for Volcanic Hazards Assessment, PASI– Workshop. 

Colima , Mexico.  January 8-21, 2013

Static and Kinematic GPS-based Positing Using GIPSY/OASIS, short course.  UNAVO, Boulder, CO.  May, 2012

Volcanic Hazards Mapping Workshop, UNAM, Mexico City, (10/05)



Member of “Gringisimo” a volunteer organization to provide alternative education to the youth of El Salvador

Led and facilitated academic and recreational day hikes with 5th and 6th grade students

Created and implemented environmental education lesson plans. 

Facilitated learning experience of thousands of students and teachers in environmental topics (i.e. recycling, composting, pollution, geology, ecology, etc.).

Developed new and enhanced existing national environmental curriculum for Jamaica 4-H Clubs.

Designed and launched Vermicomposting program throughout the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.

Collaborated with environmental non-governmental organizations, schools, and local businesses to fund and mobilize over 250 community members for five environmental cleanups.

Director and counselor of Environmental Education at 4-H Clubs Summer and Winter Camps.

Drafted 4-H project proposal for Yam Stick/Tree Farm aimed at reducing deforestation.

Generated and strengthened an environmental newsletter for children and teachers.

Devised a Yo-Yo Tournament and trained 20 youths in skills for competition.



    American Geophysical Union, Member

Geological Society of America, Member