Areas of expertise: volcanoes, volcanic eruptions (including pyroclastic flows, avalanches and mud flows), volcanic risk assessment, emergency preparedness near volcanoes
Michael F. Sheridan, PhD, is a volcanologist. He has studied volcanoes for many years, with current research interests in modeling pyroclastic flows, avalanches and mud flows. He has developed small-scale computer simulations of geologic activity, primarily in Latin America, and has long advocated that the risks posed to human life by volcanic flows could be greatly mitigated by creating large-scale simulations of these phenomena. After Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted in December 2000, he and colleagues developed a map showing which surrounding communities could be threatened by mud flows in during major event. Previously, in 1995, he received a commendation from the governor of Mexico's Puebla State for his work on evaluating Popocatepetl's hazards. He is also an expert on Mount Vesuvius in Italy. Sheridan has contributed to numerous international collaborations, spending time as a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Italy, Mexico and New Zealand.
Michael F. Sheridan, PhD
UB Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Geology
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Sheridan can be reached through Charlotte Hsu in Media Relations at 716-645-4655 or 510-388-1831.
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