Position: Associate Professor, School of Environment, The University of Auckland
Field: Volcanology, volcanic hazard and risk.
Dr Jan Lindsay holds an MSc in Geology from the University of Auckland and a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Giessen in Germany. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching about and working on volcanoes in New Zealand, South America and the Eastern Caribbean.
Jan is a New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC) funded Senior Research Fellow at The University of Auckland. She is a member of the School of Environment and is based in the relatively new Institute of Earth Science and Engineering (IESE). Her focus is on building the university's capability in volcanic hazards-related research, particularly in the Auckland area.
Jan studies all aspects of volcanoes, including the origin of their magmas, the deposits they generate and the hazards they pose. Her main areas of research and interest are the evaluation and communication of volcanic hazard, particularly in the Auckland volcanic field, the geology and hazards of volcanoes of the Eastern Caribbean and the volcanology of large calderas found in the Central Andes of South America. She is the current President of the Geological Society of New Zealand.
Outside of work, Jan enjoys yoga, reading, camping and going on adventures with her 2 young sons Tom and Leon.
For a more indepth look at Dr Lindsay's work with DEVORA and the Auckland volcanic field try this NZ Geographic article, The Fire Beneath.
This article is based on information current in 2010.