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Management Board


Chair: Sue Loughlin (BGS-NERC, UK)

Sue Loughlin

Sue LoughlinSue Loughlin is Head of Volcanology at the BGS-NERC, Edinburgh and Chair of the GVM Management Board. She worked at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory for several years as Deputy Chief Scientist between 1997 and 1999 (job-sharing with Dr Gill Jolly below!) and then as Director from 2004 to 2006. Her particular interests include explosive volcanism, lava dome eruptions, environmental and social impacts of volcanoes, interaction of scientists and decision-makers, and science into policy and procedure. Sue is co-PI on a NERC grant to support the initial development of GVM, other current projects include an EU FP7 project ‘European Volcano Observatory Space Services’and a NERC-funded consortium ‘Characterisation of the Near-Field Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Plume and its Long-range Influence’.

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Elizabeth Cottrell

Liz CottrellElizabeth Cottrell is Director of the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program, which studies the world’s active volcanoes and reports on their eruptions. Her research is helping us to understand how the interior of our planet has evolved. Volcanoes, she says, “are windows to the interior.” Liz is an experimental petrologist and geochemist. Her current research interests include the volatile budget of the planet; volatile fluxes between the deep Earth and surface; the oxidation state of the mantle and the processes by which magmatic redox is modified; planetary core formation.
Elizabeth has an Sc.B. in geological sciences and geochemistry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University. She has been at the Smithsonian since 2006.

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Hugo Delgado Granados

Hugo DelgardoHugo Delgado Granados graduated in Geology at the Tohoku University in Japan. He is a researcher at the Departamento de Vulcanología of the Instituto de Geofísica, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is currently working on volcano stratigraphy, hazards assessment and volcano monitoring. Hugo is a member of the Scientific Committee with responsibility for monitoring the eruptive activity of Popocatépetl in Mexico since 1994. He has assisted other countries during elaboration of hazards maps for volcanoes such as Concepción and Masaya in Nicaragua, San Miguel, Santa Ana and San Salvador in El Salvador. He is a founder of the Latin American Association of Volcanology (ALVO) and currently acts as its President. He is one of the Vice Presidents of the IAVCEI.

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Gill Jolly

Gill JollyGill is a volcanologist and leads the volcanology department in GNS Science. Her background is in magma physics and lava flow dynamics. She worked for several years at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory where she was deputy chief scientist from 1997-1999 (job sharing with Sue Loughlin as above!) and director in 2000-1 and 2003-4. Her current research areas include the quantitative volcanic risk assessments and improving science/decision-maker interaction. She leads the Geological Hazards theme in the New Zealand Natural Hazards Research Platform and she co-leads a multidisciplinary, multi-agency project on the Auckland Volcanic Field in collaboration with University of Auckland called DEVORA. She is the co-chair of the World Organisation of Volcano Observatories for the Asia-Pacific region.

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Chris Newhall

Chris Newhall EOSChris 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.

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Paolo Papale

Paolo PapalePaolo Papale has been Director of Research with Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy, since 2003. He has published about 60 scientific papers in international scientific journals and books, on the physics of volcanic processes and evaluation of volcanic hazards. He is the former President of the EGU-GMPV Division and member of the EGU Council; General Coordinator of the national projects in volcanic hazard (2005-2010); Coordinator and PI in EU projects in volcano science and international training on quantitative volcanology. Currently, he is the Director of the Volcanoes Division of INGV.

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Anselm Smolka

Anselm SmolkaDr. Anselm Smolka is the Head of Geological and Geophysical Risks, GeoRisks Research Group, at Munich Re. Previously, Dr. Smolka served in other positions in the GeoRisks Research Group at Munich Re, and at the Central Lab for Geo-Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Munich. He is a recognized expert in seismology, earthquake risk, natural hazards, natural hazards insurance; geology, and remote sensing. Dr. Smolka is a member of the Association of German Geologists; a Board member of the German Society for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics; and holds memberships in the American Geophysical Union; Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; and the Seismological Society of America. Dr. Smolka holds studied Geology, Mineralogy, Geophysics and Remote Sensing, Ludwig-Maximilians- University, Munich, where he earned his Master of Science and Ph.D.

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Greg Valentine

Greg ValentineGreg Valentine is a Professor in the Department of Geology and the Director of the Center for GeoHazards Studies. He holds a degress in Geological Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara, 1988. Specialty: Volcanic risk, basaltic volcanic fields, pyroclastic deposits, volcano fluid dynamics, volcaniclastic and surface processes. His research Interests are the consequences of volcanic activity and spatial-temporal behavior of volcanic systems, with application to risk assessment and coupling to infrastructure response models. Physical processes associated with basaltic volcanism, from the scale of eruptive styles at individual volcanoes to the dynamics of basaltic fields. Interpretation of pyroclastic deposits including large-volume, widespread ignimbrites and associated caldera. Multiphase fluid dynamics and numerical modeling of explosive eruptions. Evolution of volcanic landforms, particularly in arid environments.

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