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Professor Bruce Malamud

Professor Bruce Malamud

Bruce MalamudProfessor of Natural & Environmental Hazards

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7848 2466 

Department of Geography 
King's College London 
K4U.08 King's Building 
Strand Campus 
WC2R 2LS     

Main Research Interests

  • Natural and environmental hazards (wildfires, earthquakes, landslides, floods tornadoes, multi-hazard interactions and heavy-metal contamination).

 Research Subthemes

  • Observational data: gathering, analysis, exploration and visualisation.
  • Synthetic data: construction in 1-D and 2-D.
  • Time-series analyses and mathematical models: persistence, spectral analysis, probability distributions.
  • Tools from the complexity sciences: fractals, self-organized behaviour, cellular-automata models.
  • Comparison of models with data in the broad environmental sciences.
  • Communciations of science to stakeholders.


Bruce D. Malamud received a BA in physics from Reed College in 1986 and a PhD in geophysics/stratigraphy from Cornell University in 1998. Since 2000, he has been on the academic staff in the Department of Geography at King’s College London, where he is presently a Professor of Natural and Environmental Hazards.

Bruce spent two years in the USA Peace Corps (1986-1988) as a high-school teacher of chemistry/physics in Niger, West Africa, is a past recipient (1998) of a Fulbright Fellowship to study natural hazards in Argentina, was awarded a NERC fellowship to spend one year (2004/5) as a visiting researcher at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford, served as chief executive editor (2005-09) of the journal Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, was a fellow (2007) at the Institute of Advanced of Study, Durham University, and distinguished visitor (2008) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Bruce was President of the Natural Hazards Division (2007-11) of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the Chair of the Programme Committee for the EGU General Assembly 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he received the EGU service award. and has twice (2003/4 and 2013/14) received a King’s College London Teaching Excellence Award. Currently he is an executive editor for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

Bruce has authorship on >60 peer-review publications, including 1st author publications in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Journal of Geophysical Research, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, and Science. Currently there are >3,600 citations to his publications. In addition, he has been involved as editor on two books, and author on 11 government publications. 

See Google Research Profile

Inaugural Lecture Series 2014/15- Watch Bruce's Lecture here

Category: Inaugural lecture, public talk

Title: ‘Tales and Tails of Natural Hazards'

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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