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Professor 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, where he is presently a Professor of Natural and Environmental Hazards.

Bruce spent two years in the US Peace Corps (1986-1988) as a high-school teacher of chemistry/physics in Niger, West Africa. He was also a past recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (1998) for which he studied natural hazards in Argentina. 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 in 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. 


Main research interests
  • Natural and environmental hazards (wildfires, earthquakes, landslides, floods tornadoes, multi-hazard interactions and heavy-metal contamination)
 Research sub-themes
  • 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
  • Communications of science to stakeholders


PhD supervision

Bruce welcomes students looking to research a broad range of topics, including:

  • single and multi-hazards including mathematical modelling, visualisation, early warning, serious games and computational models
  • spatial-temporal clustering of environmental time series
  • long-range persistence in environmental time series
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Further details

See Bruce's research profile