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Who We Are

Bromo 2011



Our Team Leaders


Dr Stefano Ciolli

Dr Stefano Ciolli, is a geologist with 14 years experience. He joined the DPC in 1998, where he works in the Volcanic Risk Service. He is involved in projects aimed at volcanic hazard evaluation and risk management and in educational activities at national level. He is charged of the National Functional Centre for volcanic risk, to support decision-making and the development of procedures for the national alert system. As the technical-scientific assessment officer, he took part in all of the volcanic emergencies and exercises that occurred over the last decade at Etna and Stromboli. He represents the DPC in matters related to air traffic management during volcanic eruptions.


Prof Dr Donald Bruce Dingwell

Professor Donald Dingwell

Prof D B Dingwell is chair of Mineralogy and Petrology, Research Professor of Experimental Volcanology and currently Director of Earth and Environment. His interests are in the understanding of mechanistic sources of unrest signals in volcanic systems. He has been a leader in the field of experimental determination of magma properties and processes for 25 years. He is president-elect of the European Geosciences Union, Chair of Earth and Cosmic Sciences of the Academia Europaea and a member of the Adv. Grant Panel of the ERC. He has been the recipient of many national and international awards, prizes and distinctions including membership in the Royal Society of Canada, and the Academia Europaea. He became an ISI Highly Cited Researcher at age 46 and holds an ERC Advanced Grant.

Dr Jo Gottsman

Dr  Jo Gottsman
Dr Joachim Gottsmann is the scientific coordinator of VUELCO,  a Royal Society URF and Reader in Research.  His research in volcanology covers a broad spectrum of  interests: integrated geophysical investigations of active volcanic systems, volcanic unrest characterisation, volcanic threat and risk analysis, the characterisation of active magmatic systems and the numerical modelling of sub-volcanic mechanics. At Bristol, he manages a research group including ten researchers at post-graduate and post-doctoral level. The group's main current field areas are the Campei Flegrei caldera, Soufrière Hills Volcano, the Bolivian Altiplano, Cotopaxi, and Arenal.   Jo was awarded the  IAVCEI Wager Medal in 2008.


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Prof Joan Marti

Prof Joan Marti, Professor of Research at the CSIC, has 30 years of research experience. He is the current Secretary General of IAVCEI and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. He has co-ordinated several international and national volcanological research projects. He is an expert on physical volcanology and modelling of volcanic processes. He co-ordinates the CSIC group and will actively participate in WPs 8, 3, 4 and 7.

Prof Dr Jurgen Neuberg

Prof Dr Jurgen Neuberg is Professor of Physical Volcanology and is leading a research group at Leeds focussing on monitoring, modelling and interpretation of volcanic seismic signals, and currently the Director of the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics. He was the first to deploy an array of broadband seismometers on an active volcano in 1991 on Stromboli. Funded by several NERC and European grants he worked on volcanoes in Italy, Indonesia, New Zealand and Montserrat, and developed source models for volcanic seismic signals and tremor which have been widely accepted by the volcanological community. He chairs the IAVCEI/IASPEI joint commission on ”Volcano Seismology” and an equivalent group of the European Seismological Commission. Since 1997 he has been involved in the monitoring efforts of Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat, first through consultancy contracts with the BGS, since 2000 as a member of the Risk Assessment Panel (RAP), and since 2003 as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Through this involvement he has a thorough knowledge of the eruptive history of the volcano, the monitoring program through MVO and the wider scientific and social context.

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Dr Paolo Papale

Dr Paolo Papale

Dr Paolo Papale, Research Director at INGV Pisa, is the INGV national coordinator of the research line ”Physics of Volcanism” and of the coordinated theme ”Volcanological Databases”, and Responsible of the INGV functional unit ”Physico-mathematical modelling of volcanic processes”. He is President of the EGU (European Geosciences Union) Division GMPV: Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology and Volcanology, since 2007. He has been General Coordinator of the 2004-06 and 2007-09 Italian National Programs in Volcanic Hazard.

Dr Michel Pichavant

Dr Michel Pichavant is a CNRS Research Director at ISTO, Orléans, France. His research career has been concerned with quantitative studies of geological processes using mainly high temperature high pressure experimental approaches. His main focus has been on magmatic processes, having worked extensively on active andesitic volcanoes from the Antilles and on basaltic systems from south Italy, but he has also made contributions to hydrothermal processes, metallogeny and material science. He has had various responsibilities both at Orléans and at the French national scale. In parallel, at the European scale, he coordinated two EU research projects, including a TMR network about the in situ properties of silicate melts. He also contributed to promote experimental approaches in Europe, as the first organizer (1986, Nancy) and the organizer of the 1998 edition (Orléans) of the now well established EMPG (Experimental Mineralogy Petrology and Geochemistry) meetings. He has supervised more than 25 PhD students and 15 post-doctoral researchers, several now having high-level positions both in universities and in industry.


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Dr Richard Robertson

Richard Robertson, SRCDr Richard Robertson is the Director of the SRC and a Geologist with extensive experience operating volcano and earthquake monitoring networks in the Caribbean. His research interests include volcanic hazards, risks and crisis communications.


Dr. Roberts Watts, is a volcanologist whose main interests include the emplacement mechanisms and petrology of crystal-rich intermediate lavas, understanding the controlling factors related to the stability/instability of andesitic lava domes and the geophysical monitoring of active volcanoes.

Dr Mario Ruiz

Dr Mario Ruiz, Head of Seismology of the Instituto Geofisico is a volcano seismologist with a
Master’s degree from New Mexico Tech (USA), and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1987 he has been working at the IGEPN, with special interest in seismic and infrasound signals from volcanoes such as: Pichincha, Sangay, Cerro Azul (Galapagos), Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, and Erebus (Antarctica). He currently teaches Seismology, Data Analysis, and Geophysics at the Escuela Politecnica Nacional and coordinates the graduate program in Hazard Risk Assessment.


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