VUELCO External Advisory Board
Chris Newhall, Earth Observatory Singapore
Chris Newhall is the group leader for volcano research at EOS. He studies processes leading to volcanic eruptions, and is working with a team at EOS to develop a modern database of worldwide volcanic unrest (WOVOdat). His previous projects include developing the volcanic explosivity index (VEI); using stratigraphic, petrologic and historical data to reconstruct eruptive volcanic behaviour; and researching processes of caldera unrest. Before joining EOS he worked nearly three decades in the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program. He was co-leader of a crisis response team that forecast the major 1991 eruption of Pinatubo and has been active in similar volcano crisis assistance in other countries. Prof Newhall did his early academic work at the University of California-Davis and completed his doctorate at Dartmouth College. He was an affiliate professor of earth science at the University of Washington for 17 years and taught geology at Aquinas University in the Philippines while serving in the Peace Corp. His work has been widely recognized. Read more ...
Dr Jenni Barclay, UEA
Dr Barclay's background is in Geology, with a first degree from the University of Edinburgh and PhD from the University of Bristol. Her real passion within geology is Volcanology. Her PhD looked at several aspects of the degassing process associated with silicic volcanoes. Dr Barclay's first post-doctoral research project in 1996 involved an experimental investigation of the magma storage conditions of the newly erupting Soufriere Hills Volcano and as well as two further post-doctoral positions (Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Maitre Assistante at the University of Geneva) she also undertook several periods as a duty scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. Her experiences on Montserrat and elsewhere convinced her of the need for a truly inter-disciplinary approach in order to properly understand volcanic eruptions and mitigate their impact. Since her appointment at UEA in 1999, she has made full use of the rich diversity of researchers at UEA that go beyond the usual realms of geology and collaborate with sedimentologists, atmospheric scientists, geophysicists and social scientists on a variety of different problems relating to volcanic phenomena.
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Gordon Woo, Risk Management Solutions
Dr. Gordon Woo from RMS Named One of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury & Risk Management Magazine June 2004
Dr. Gordon Woo, catastrophe risk consultant for RMS and chief architect for the RMS terrorism model, has been named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance," according to Treasury & Risk Management magazine. In the June 2004 issue, Dr. Woo is honored for his "use of advanced mathematical techniques to model terrorism risk" in the "Hedge Trimmers: Bright lights in the galvanized world of risk management" category. All 100 honorees have had an immediate influence over the past year as leaders in thought, advocates, or service providers to the magazine's readership, which include treasurers, controllers, senior finance executives, and CFOs.
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