Professor Peter Sammonds

Director at University College London (UCL), Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Peter Sammonds is Professor of Geophysics and Director, Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, UCL

His research interests are in the mechanics and physics of earthquakes, volcanoes and ice sheets, in relation to geohazards and climate change. Peter graduated in Chemical Physics from Bristol University and did a PhD in Geophysics at UCL.

He has taught earthquake seismology for over 10 years and himself has taken courses in earthquake, theoretical, observational and reflection seismology with some of the UK leading seismologists: Ian Main, Professor of Seismology, Edinburgh University, Alan Douglas, formerly of the MoD Blacknest Seismological Observatory and Robin Adams, formerly of the International Seismological Centre.

He has been both JSPS Research Fellow (1991-1) and Visiting Professor (1999) at the Earthquake Prediction Research Center, Earthquake Research Institute of Tokyo University, working with Professor Mitiyasu Ohnaka. He is a frequent invited speaker at the American Geophysical Union and other international geophysics meetings.