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Richard Robertson

The UWI Seismic Research Centre

Originally from St. Vincent, Richard Robertson joined the Seismic Research Centre in 1993 after serving for six years as Head of the local volcano-monitoring unit in St. Vincent (the Soufriere Monitoring Unit). Since joining the Seismic Research Centre he has been involved in a variety of projects including: the ongoing eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano on Montserrat; the establishment of volcano monitoring networks (mainly geodetic) and ongoing public education and outreach programs throughout the Eastern Caribbean. He served several tours of duty as Chief Scientist of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory during the period 1995-1999 and was its Director from October 1998 - March 1999. He served as Head of the Seismic Research Unit during the period 2004-2008 and as Director of the Seismic Research Centre from 2008-2011. He resumed duties as its Director 2013 after a two year break.

Richard Robertson graduated from The University of the West Indies in 1987 with a degree in Geology. He completed an MPhil in Volcanology at Leeds University in 1992 and a PhD in Geology at The University of the West Indies in 2003.

"My interest in Volcanology was kindled by the experience of the 1979 eruption of La Soufriere Volcano on St. Vincent. Since volcanoes island arc settings like the Caribbean where I work, send most of their deposits into the ocean, exploration of undersea geologic deposits is key to understanding their evolution. I am excited to be a part of the Nautilus exploration over Kick 'em Jenny, the only active submarine volcanoes in the Caribbean."


Richard participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: