The VolcanoDiscovery TeamWe love nature and geology, which includes a passion for accurate reporting about volcanoes and earthquakes. Our team is spread over many continents and countries, including Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, Russia, the UK and US. From the caldera of Santorini to the slopes of Krakatoa, we’re constantly touring and studying volcanoes while at the same time building digital connections with all major seismological institutes and agencies around the world.
Many in our team are members in geological associations such as the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the European Geophysical Society (EGS). We’re also proud to work closely with international scientists from volcanological institutes and observatories all over the world.
Our trusted VolcanoDiscovery monitoring service has benefited is popular not only with special interest groups and individuals but also with media outlets such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the BBC, CNN and Geo. We’ve also put our passion for study and exploration into our volcano and geo-tours to create safe and often exhilarating experiences through our European-based travel agency.
If you’re a geology expert and would like to contribute to our efforts, we welcome authoritative articles and input that you would like to share with us.
Tom earned his PhD degree, which shed new light on the Santorini volcano eruptions, from Denmark’s prestigious Aarhus University in 2003 and subsequently worked at volcano observatories in Hawaii and Vesuvius. Today, besides organizing VolcanoDiscovery tours, he personally guides many of the European tours as well as more hardcore volcano expeditions when an important eruption occurs.
During his travels, Tom awoke one his strongest passions today, that of nature photography, which enabled him to share his knowledge and live adventures outside the scientific community. His photographs and articles about volcanoes have been published in newspapers and magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American (April 2003 issue about Etna), and others. Some of his favorite achievements include supporting documentary film productions about Santorini (The myth of the lost city of Atlantis and Mystery Hunters, both on Discovery Channel), as well as about Stromboli (Quarks and co: Vulkane, aired by the German television channel WDR), contributing as well to the series Volcanic Odysseys by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dalton.
An important part of Tom’s work involves collecting and processing seismological data from numerous academic and official sources so that the whole world can benefit from rapid reporting through the VolcanoDiscovery website and mobile application. These platforms are considered among the fastest online to present complex geological data in near-real time.
A seasoned explorer, traveler and academic, Tom is fluent in Danish, English, Greek and Italian fluently, beside his native German, with good working knowledge of French and Spanish. He practiced his occupation in geology for two years in Italy (Rome, Sicily, and the Naples Volcano Observatory) as well as one year on Santorini, Greece, in addition to working for several months at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. He lived in Denmark for seven years before moving in 2004 to Athens, Greece, where he regularly conducts volcano tours in between the ongoing digital dissemination of authoritative geological data.
Andi is also Chairman of the Central Board of Special Interest Tour Guide Association of Indonesia (ITGA), National Trainer of Volcanological and Geo-tourism Tour Guides in Indonesia, Member of Indonesian Geologist Association (IAGI ) NPA 6339, and also Member of Volcanological Society e.V. based in Germany.
Her research led her to study volcanoes in Mexico, the Caribbean, Ethiopia and other areas.
After completing her doctorate degee in 1990 she went on to work as consultant and teacher in earth sciences, and she has been organizing expeditions and study trips to volcanoes in Italy, France, the Caribbean, Ethiopia and Tanzania designed to share knowledge and the fascination of her subject, the beauty of our living earth, to the general public. She also co-authored the book "Au coeur des volcans" (2004, Ed. Fleurus - Geo Ados). Evelyne with her charming smile joined our team in 2010 and guides trips to Etna, Ethiopia, the Caribbean, and a new study trip in the Auvergne, her homeland.
Irina is not only our sales manages, but she actively co-guides some expeditions, in particular Kamchatka where she actually grew up before moving to Saint Petersburg!
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Marco and Tom, as a proven team and close friends, have lived many volcano adventures together since 1999 and started offering tours on Etna and beyond since 2002. 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".
In addition to organizing and coordinating our activities in remote areas, Marina is also the main manager of our social channels.
Martin is also passionate about traveling, especially South America, nature and mountains in particular, mountain and winter sports in particular. In fact, he spends as much time as possible outdoors. Some of you will probably meet him on one of our next expeditions when he'll be a co-guide in training.
For many years, Tobias has been running www.methana.com - an extensive website dedicated to the Greek volcanic areas, in particular his second home Methana with a myriad of information and pictures about nature, history and culture of this hidden gem of Greece. His tour company offers a wide range of natural-history and photography interest tours in Europe and beyond: Nature Discovery Tours.
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.