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Scientific Staff

Richard Robertson
B.Sc. (1987) UWI, M.Phil (1992) Leeds, Ph.D. UWI (2003)
Professor of Geology

Originally from St. Vincent, Professor Richard Robertson joined the staff at 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.  Prof. Robertson served as Head of the Seismic Research Unit during the period 2004-2008 and as Director of the Seismic Research Centre from 2008-2011. For the period September 2011 to July 2013 Dr. Robertson served as a Geologist/Volcanologist at the SRC while on sabbatical, after which he resumed duties as its Director.
In St. Augustine, Prof. Robertson has assisted with the field supervision and lecturing of geoscience students. He was one of the editors of the Volcanic Hazards Atlas for the Lesser Antilles.  Since 2008 he has been the main coordinator of the SRC operations at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.
Research Interests
Volcanic Hazards, Risks, & Crisis Communications
Risk Perception of Natural Hazards
Evolution of volcanism on St. Vincent
Multi-parameter monitoring of volcanic hazards
Magma genesis, transport and volcanic eruptions in the Antilles
Use of ICT (including GIS) in hazard monitoring, assessment, response and risk analysis
Mass movement – causes & consequences
Community Disaster Risk Reduction
Publication Summaries
Recent publications
Michal Camejo-Harry, Elena Melekhova, Jon Blundy & Richard Robertson (2019): Evolution in magma storage conditions beneath Kick-'em-Jenny and Kick-'em-Jack submarine volcanoes, Lesser Antilles arc. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Vol. 373, pp. 1-22,
Dondin, Frédéric J.-Y., Lynch, Lloyd, Ramsingh, Chan, Ryan, Graham A., Papadopoulous, Ilias, Rueppel, Daniel, Joseph, Erouscilla P., Latchman, Joan L., Robertson, Richard E. A., Nath, Nisha, Mathura, Ranissa, Balchan, Amit, George, Stephen, Juman, Ian, Madoo, Farrah, Manette, Garth, Ramsingh, Hannah (2019): The University of the West Indies-Seismic Research Centre Volcano Monitoring Network: Evolution since 1953 and Challenges in Maintaining a State-of-the-Art Network in a Small Island Economy. Geosciences, 9 (2), 71,
P.D. Cole, R.E.A. Robertson, L. Fedele, C. Scarpati (2019): Explosive activity of the last 1000 years at La Soufriere, St. Vincent, Lesser Antilles. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Vol. 371, pp. 86-1000,
Camejo-Harry, M; Melekhova,E; Blundy, J; Attridge, W; Robertson, R E.A; Christopher, T.E. (2018): Magma evolution beneath Bequia, Lesser Antilles, deduced from petrology of lavas and plutonic xenoliths. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Vol. 173, 77, 10.2018.
Alexandros P. Poulidis, Jeremy C. Phillips, Ian A. Renfrew, Jenni Barclay, Andrew Hogg, Susanna F. Jenkins, Richard Robertson & David M. Pyle (2018):  Meteorological controls on local and regional ash dispersal revealed using high-resolution dispersion modelling: The eruptions of Soufriere St Vincent. Scientific Reports, 8:6873, DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-24651-1.
Lindsay J.M and Robertson R.E.A (2018): Integrating Volcanic Hazard Data in a Systematic Approach to Develop Volcanic Hazard Maps in the Lesser Antilles. Front. Earth Sci. 6:42.  doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00042.
Allen, R. W., Berry, C., Henstock, T. J., Collier, J. S., Dondin, F. J.-Y., Rietbrock, A., Latchman, J. L. and Robertson, R. E. A. (2018): 30 Years in the Life of an Active Submarine Volcano: A Time-Lapse Bathymetry Study of the Kick-‘em-Jenny Volcano, Lesser Antilles. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., doi:10.1002/2017GC007270.
Anna Hicks, Teresa Armijos, Jenni Barclay, Jonathan Stone, Richard Robertson, Gloria Patricia Cortes (2017):  Risk communication films: Process, product and potential for improving preparedness and behaviour change. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 23, 138-151, ISSN 2212-4209,
Dondin, Frederic Jean-Yves, Heap, Michael J., Robertson, Richard E.A., Dorville, Jean-François M., Carey, Steven (2017):  Flank Instability Assessment at Kick-'em-Jenny Submarine Volcano (Grenada, Lesser Antilles): A Multidisciplinary Approach Using Experiments and Modeling.  Bulletin of Volcanology, 79 (1), 5, doi:10.1007/s00445-016-1090-8.
Robert Constantinescu, Richard Robertson, Jan M. Lindsay, Roberto Tonini, Laura Sandri, Dmitri Rouwet, Patrick Smith and Roderick Stewart (2016). Application of the probabilistic model BET_UNREST during a volcanic unrest simulation exercise in Dominica, Lesser Antilles.  Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 17, doi:10.1002/2016GC006485.
Emily Wilkinson, Emma Lovell, Barbara Carby, Jenni Barclay and Richard E. A. Robertson (2016): The Dilemmas of Risk-Sensitive Development on a Small Volcanic Island. Resources, 5, (2), 21; doi:10.3390/resources5020021.
Symithe, S., E. Calais, J. B. de Chabalier, R. Robertson, and M. Higgins (2015): Current block motions and strain accumulation on active faults in the Caribbean, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120 (5), 3748-3774, doi:10.1002/2014JB011779.
Anglade, A. Lemarchand, J.-M. Saurel, V. Clouard, M.-P. Bouin, J.-B. De Chabalier, S. Tait, C. Brunet, A. Nercessian, F. Beauducel, R. Robertson, L. Lynch, M. Higgins, and J. Latchman (2015): Significant technical advances in broadband seismic stations in the Lesser Antilles.  Adv. Geosci., 40, 43–50, doi:10.5194/adgeo-40-43-2015.
Carey Steven, Bell Katherine L.C., Roman Chris, Dondin Frederic, Robertson Richard, Gobin Judith, Wankel Scott, Michel Anna P.M., Amon Diva J., Marsh Leigh, Smart Clara, Vaughan Ian, Ball Bernard, Rodrigue Katherine, Haldeman Morgan, George Adrienne and Ballard Robert (2015):  Exploring Kick’em Jenny Submarine Volcano and the Barbados Cold Seep Province, Southern Lesser Antilles.  In Bell, K.L.C., M.L. Brennan, and N.A. Raineault, eds. 2014. New frontiers in ocean exploration: The E/V Nautilus 2013 Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean field season. Oceanography, 27(1), supplement, 52pp,, pp. 38-39.
Elena Melekhova, Jon Blundy, Richard Robertson, Madeleine Humphreys (2015):  Experimental Evidence for Polybaric Differentiation of Primitive Arc Basalt beneath St. Vincent, Lesser Antilles. Journal of Petrology, 56 (1), 161-192 doi:10.1093/petrology/egu074.