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Prof Peter Sammonds
Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction
University College London
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Geophysics
  • Dept of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
  • Professor
  • Inst for Risk & Disaster Reduction
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Role
Head of Department
Biography

Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, 2010 to present


Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, UCL, 2001 to present.


NERC-ESRC Strategic Advisor, Increasing Resilience programme, 2010 to present


Deputy Head of Department, Earth Sciences, UCL, 2006 to 2010


Professor, Centre for Earthquake Prediction Research, Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo, 1999.


Royal Society University Research Fellow, Dept. of Earth Sciences, UCL, 1992 to 2001.



Research Summary

My research aims are to investigate the mechanics of the Earth's crust and ice sheets by studying the fundamental physics and mechanics of geological materials, through theory, field work and laboratory experiments. The Earth's crust and ice sheets are the parts of the solid Earth with which humankind interact directly, and therefore of the greatest interest to me. I apply my research towards studying the impacts of climate change and natural hazards, particularly in relation to my role as Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction.

Teaching Summary

Director, MSc Risk and Disaster Science

Chair, Risk and Disaster Reduction Board of Examiners

GEOLGH07/GG09/M002 Earthquake Seismology and Earthquake Hazard (MSc/MSci)

GEOL3030 Field Methods in Active Tectonics (3rd ye UG)

Field teaching 3rd year 2 week geophysics course to the Abruzzo Mountains and Vesuvius, Italy.

I have taught in the past:

C450 Glaciology & Environment, 3rd year course

B252 Geodynamics (2nd yr geophysics course)

B254 Earth Physics (2nd yr geophysics course)

Geological field work (1st year), Marche, Italy


Appointments
1999 – 1999 Visiting Professor Earthquake Research Institute University of Tokyo, Japan
1992 – 2001 University Research Fellow   The Royal Society, United Kingdom
1991 – 1992 JSPS Research Fellow Earthquake Research Institute University of Tokyo, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1988 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Geophysics University College London
1981 BSc Bachelor of Science – Chemical Physics University of Bristol
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