OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

A Nobel-ish Prize for Volcanology

Dr. Stephen Sparks has received the Vetlesen Prize, awarded by the G. Unger Vetlese Foundation and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

The Vetlesen Prize is considered to be the Nobel Prize in earth sciences, awarded to individuals who have made significant scientific achievements in establishing a clearer understanding of the Earth and its workings. 

Currently located in the University of Bristol, UK, Dr. Sparks received this great honor because of his work in improving our understanding of global volcanic hazards.

His work on Montserrat's Soufrière Hills volcano has helped goverments asses danger from volcanic eruptions and improve their evacuation and hazard response.

Internationally, he has helped with the improvement of volcanic risk assesment, and has been awarded several honors because of his work.

For more information on Dr. Sparks and his work, click here.

See the Vetlesen Prize video below!

vetlesen prize video - Stephen Sparks from Earth Institute on Vimeo.

 

For more information on the Vetlesen Prize, click here.