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New UWI-SRC Director Appointed

The UWI Seismic Research Centre appoints new Director

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago W.I. – November 8th, 2019 - Dr. Erouscilla Joseph has been appointed Director of The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC).  Dr. Joseph succeeds Professor Richard Robertson who completed his second tour as Director. Professor Robertson will now focus his attention on research.

Dr. Joseph has been with the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) for the past 17 years, first as a graduate student and then as a Volcanologist specializing in fluid geochemistry. Before her new appointment, she was primarily involved in the monitoring and study of volcanic emissions (gas and waters) and routinely participated in the Centre’s education and outreach programme as an expert in this area. Dr. Joseph has also provided scientific and administrative support in monitoring efforts at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO). There she functioned in several roles including Duty Scientist and Acting Director, working on Ground Deformation monitoring, Dome Volume monitoring and Gas monitoring.

At the SRC, Dr. Joseph is also responsible for the Centre’s Postgraduate Research Programme. She has personally supervised both MPhil. and PhD. candidates in volcanology. Dr. Joseph has published ten papers in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored one book chapter, contributed to fourteen technical papers and made numerous conference presentations. She has collaborated with several colleagues at home and abroad on projects that have collectively enabled access to over US$1M in research funding. Her research interests include: hazards and impact of persistently degassing volcanoes, the use of low-cost technology for the monitoring of volcanic emissions and the behaviour of the magmatic volatiles in hydrothermal systems. In 2018, Dr. Joseph received a Celebrating UWI Women Award for her work as a “Trailblazer of Volcanology for Tourism”. She is also actively involved in organising networking events for early career faculty at The UWI St. Augustine.


About The UWI

For more than 70 years The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has provided service and leadership to the Caribbean region and wider world. The UWI evolved from a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948 to an internationally respected, regional university with near 50,000 students across five campuses: Cave Hill in Barbados; Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda; Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago; and an Open Campus. Times Higher Education has ranked The UWI among the top 1,258 universities in world for 2019, and the 40 best universities in its Latin America Rankings for 2018 and 2019. The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists.

As part of its robust globalization agenda, The UWI has established partnering centres with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa including the State University of New York (SUNY)-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development; the Canada-Caribbean Studies Institute with Brock University; the Strategic Alliance for Hemispheric Development with Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); The UWI-China Institute of Information Technology, the University of Lagos (UNILAG)-UWI Institute of African and Diaspora Studies and the Institute for Global African Affairs with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. As the region’s premier research academy, The UWI’s foremost objective is driving the growth and development of the regional economy. For more, visit



Established in 1953, the Seismic Research Centre is a Centre within The UWI.  It operates the largest network of seismographs and other geophysical instruments in the Caribbean region.  The SRC monitors earthquakes and volcanoes for most of the English-speaking Eastern Caribbean, manages the Montserrat Volcano Observatory as well as it conducts education and outreach activities in these countries.  The Centre is involved in a regional effort to establish a tsunami warning system for the Caribbean.

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