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James Quick

Professor of Earth Sciences and
Associate Vice President for Research

James E. Quick, Ph.D, a professor of earth sciences, is a noted volcano expert and a resource to journalists on early warning of eruptions and the dangers of active volcanoes, ranging from destruction of property and life on the ground to volcanic ash clouds that threaten jet aircraft in flight.

A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Quick assembled an international team of scientists which has studied the magmatic evolution of deep crust for the last 20 years — the birthplace of the magmas that produce the largest explosive eruptions. From 1996 to 2004, he supervised a group of more than 100 earth scientists conducting research on environmental and hazard-related issues in the United States and abroad, and from 2004 through 2007 he directed the USGS Volcano Hazards Program during which time the agency responded to numerous volcanic eruptions within the United States and other countries, including the most recent eruption of Mount St. Helens. 

Now associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies, Quick’s research has taken him to more than 35 countries around the world.

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