Born and raised in Bermuda, John received his bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College in 2007, and a PhD in Hazard and Disaster Management from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in July 2013. John’s doctoral studies focused on volcanic hazards to society, with special interest in volcanic ashfall impacts to critical infrastructure and primary industries. Before joining the Risk Prediction Initiative (RPI) team at BIOS, John held a postdoctoral scholar position at Oregon State University where he investigated the potential for volcanic ash-induced cascading outages on large-scale electric power systems.

John’s other research interests include natural hazard and risk assessment, community resilience to natural hazards, and electrical phenomena in volcanic plumes. He also has first-hand experience of the 2010-12 Canterbury earthquake sequence in New Zealand, and its aftermath, from both an academic and personal perspective. John brings a new dimension to RPI, with contacts and insights into geological risks that augment an existing focus on weather and climate variability.