The Volcano Discovery Team
The VolcanoDiscovery team
is based in Europe, Indonesia and Hawaii. Members of the scientific community with active membership in geological associations, such as the IAVCEI (International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior ), GSA (Geological Society of America) and EGU (European Geophysical Society), we work closely with international scientists from volcanological institutes and observatories all over the world.
Our services have been used by groups and individuals as well as media such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the BBC, CNN and Geo.
As knowledgeable professionals, we can offer you safe, exciting tours in volcanic environments.
German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer
, founder and general manager of VolcanoDiscovery, is passionate about volcanoes ever since he first saw an eruption on Mt. Etna. He is an expert on Santorini and has worked at the volcano observatories of Hawaii and Vesuvius volcano. He organizes and guides tours in Europe and East Africa, as well sometimes elsewhere (Indonesia, Hawaii, Vanuatu, Guatemala).
French volcanologist Yashmin Chebli
is convincing when he says that has always been fascinated by the raw power and the beautiy of our planet and the univers. This passion led him to study volcanoes at university and brought him to Peru and Italy. To share his passion and his skill in organizing and communicating allowed him to start a parallel career as expedition organizer to volcanoes on Hawaii, Indonesia, Vanuatu and elswhere. He is 15 years of experience with accompanying groups and individuals, exploring new adventurous destinations all over the world. His talent and enthousiasm in what he's doing is second to none - we are proud to welcome him in our team!
Yashmin is largely in charge of our new French section and creating tours aimed towards French-speaking clients.
Dr. Marco Fulle
, Italian astronomer and volcano expert is considered world-wide as among the elite of volcano photographers. His specialty is Mt. Etna and with his photographs he is co-author of the popular educative website Stromboli Online - www.stromboli.net. He and Tom, as a proven team and close friends, lived many volcano adventures together. Marco guides some of the volcano tours in Italy, in particular to Etna volcano - in fact, the volcano he loves most and calls his "second home".
German photographer Tobias Schorr
is an enthousiastic geology and photography expert since his early childhood. He extensively contributes to this website with photos from volcanic areas in Greece and other countries.
Italian Emanuela Carone
lives in Catania at the foot of Mt Etna. Since her childhood, she has been in love with the volcano and knows it better than almost everyone else. She regularly climbs the mountain and closely follows its activity. For VolcanoDiscovery, she's our main correspondant on location, providing news, updates, photos and videos and she manages our excursions on location.
Ulla LohmannUlla Lohmann
(1977) is an internationally recognized adventurer, team organizer, documentary filmmaker and photojournalist with Australian university degrees in Natural Resource Management and journalism. Her latest work includes the documentaries "Expedition Papua New Guinea" (BBC NHU, Discovery Channel, NDR, in production), "Into the unknown" (Darlow Smithson for Discovery Channel), "Wild Spaces" (National Geographic Television) and many others.
Multilingual Ulla has lived, studied, worked and travelled extensively in many parts of the globe, but her specialist area is the South Pacific including the wild archipelago of Vaunatu. Her love for volcanoes and adventure travel, her passion for storytelling, her organisation skills and the thorough knowledge of the South Pacific and its envionments makes her the perfect guide for our new tours to Vanuatu.
You can find out more about Ulla and her activities on the website www.ullalohmann.de
American-Brasilian volcanologist Philip Ong
manages VOLCANO DISCOVERY HAWAI'I. His friendly charm and sympathic nature are contagious. Having worked intensively on the volcanoes of Hawaii, his passion and knowledge - not only about volcanoes, but almost every corner on the island, will easily transform your stay into a rare and unforgettable experience.
AndiAdi Susanto Rosadi
("Andi") from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is the principal volcano expedition organizer for VolcanoDiscovery in Indonesia. He's been traveling around the country's many active volcanoes since he was a teenager and knows them better than anyone else, and maintains close contacts with volcanologists. He organizes workshops for local guides to teach them about volcanoes. During the large 2010 eruption of his home volcano Merapi, he was part of the dedicated emergency and rescue team that went into endangered areas to evacuate people, recover wounded and dead, often risking their own life. Seiji and Hiromi Takeda
are two volcano lovers who have accompanied Tom and Marco on various volcano expeditions over the past years.
They now joined our growing team to become correspondents and online editors for Japanese language content on this website. If you live in Japan and need a reference to VolcanoDiscovery, you can contact them