Lise St. Denis
Industry Mentor • Data Scientist • UX Researcher / Designer


Lise is a research scientist at Earth Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder, responsible for the Global Social Sensing Project, a research initiative to develop datasets Earth scale related to the societal impact and societal disruption of natural hazard events for use in Earth Sciences, natural hazards research, and for real-time response applications.

Lise has a multidisciplinary background in computer science, data science, human-centered design, crisis informatics, emergency response, and natural hazards research. She holds degrees in Computer Science, Human-centered computing and brings over a decade of industry software design and development experience to her academic research role.

Her doctoral research focused on the challenges of integrating social media into formal emergency response and as part of this research participated in over forty emergency response activations with the Virtual Operational Support Team (VOST) community. Her current research extends that knowledge into the Earth Analytics domain, finding new methods for capturing information related to emergency response and societal impacts at scale for use in Earth sciences and natural hazards research. Related work includes development of the ICS-209-PLUS dataset: a geo-spatial, research grade dataset combining daily snapshots of incident response, hazard characteristics and societal impacts. Design of a neural net classifier for organizing social media for emergency response and natural hazards research.

In her free time, Lise loves using her art and design skills, spending time with family and hiking in Boulder County open space with her dogs. She is still an active member of the VOST community and co-lead for the PNWVOST Team.