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UWI Seismic Research Centre Director receives regional award

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre’s (SRC) Dr. Richard Robertson, has been named as a laureate for the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence (ANSCAFE) in Science & Technology.

Dr. Robertson is the Director of the UWI-SRC, the earthquake and volcano monitoring agency for the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean. He is a Geologist and Volcanologist whose work has been ground-breaking in the study of volcanoes and the geology of the region.

Born in St. Vincent, Dr Robertson’s interest in volcanology was inspired by his personal experience in 1979, when he and his family woke to the eruption of the Soufriere volcano, which displaced thousands of Vincentians. He subsequently studied Geology at The UWI, Volcanology at the University of Leeds in the UK (MPhil) and completed his PhD in Geology at The UWI’s Mona campus in Jamaica. His PhD thesis (The Volcanic Geology of pre-Soufriere Rocks in St. Vincent) and the Volcanic Hazards Atlas of the Lesser Antilles of which he is co-editor, are benchmarks in the study of volcanology in the region.

An experienced field researcher as well as an academic, Dr Robertson has served as head of the Soufriere Monitoring Unit in St. Vincent and at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. His research interests include volcanic hazards, the evolution of volcanism in St. Vincent, and multi-parameter monitoring of volcanic hazards. In addition to his professional consultancy work, Dr Robertson is also active in public education and public service and has been much recognized and awarded for his work through numerous scholarships and grants.

Launched in October 2005, the annual ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is now the English-speaking Caribbean’s leading recognition programme in Arts, Sciences and Public and Civic Work. The goal of the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is to recognize significant Caribbean achievement, to encourage and to support the pursuit of excellence by Caribbean persons, for the benefit of the region.