Natural & Biological Hazards

The focus is on identifying, monitoring, modelling, assessing and mitigating hazards to both life and health of humans, animals and plants.

Partners have strong collaboration with each other and with industry including insurance and petrochemical. PhD research projects in this pathway will benefit from internationally renowned researchers in the following areas of:

(i) Natural Hazards: Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, meterological (including floods, storms, heat waves and droughts, space weather and submarine and terrestrial landslides and;

(ii) Biological Hazards: wildlife diseases (infectious and non-infectious, plant diseases, parasites and disease vectors, eutrophication, invasive species, medical and industrial waste containing microorganism, virus or biological toxins, and genetic epidemiology.

Exemplar Projects:

1st Supervisor Inst.: Project Title: 2nd Supervisor: Inst.:
Ross, Gordon UCL Statistical Modeling of Earthquake Recurrence Times Guillas, Serge UCL
Okamura, Beth NHM Can ocean bubbles help spread diseases? Czerski, Helen UCL
Petrone, Chiara Maria NHM Timescale of explosive eruptions at popocatepetl Volcano (Mexico) Downes, Hilary BBK
Grindrod, Peter BBK Monitoring active landslide processes and hazards using unmanned aerial vehicles Mitchell, Tom UCL
Faure Walker, Joanna UCL A long-term stress map of the Italian Apennines from long-term strain-rates and palaeoseismic records Roberts, Gerald BBK
Garner, Trenton IOZ Investigating the genomic basis of virus-driven host species decline Nichols, Richard QMUL

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