The VolcanoDiscovery 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).
Belgian geologist Dr. Ingrid Smet
is the newest member of our team. Whilst studying the deposits of ancient Greek volcanoes, she became intrigued with the actual eruption mechanisms and eventually got a taste for the wonderful experience of observing an active volcano from (relatively) close.
She likes to share her passion about geology and love for nature with anyone interested to learn more - enthusiastic to translate her scientific knowledge to a broad audience. Besides supporting Tom with the organisation of our tours and the design of this website, she will be guiding some of our European tours and act as an extra geologist tour guide when we travel with larger groups.
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
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".
German photographer Tobias Schorr
has been a passionate hobby geologist, mineral collector and fan of Greece since his childhood. In 2005, together with Tom, he co-founded the previous tour company of VolcanoDiscovery, which was split up into two new companies in 2015, to better accommodate the different focus of the growing variety of tours offered.
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
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.
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.
Dr. Evelyne Pradal is a trained geologist and volcanologist with a passion of showing and teaching her subject to the general public. Born in Aurillac, in the heart of the Auvergne, Central Europe's youngest volcanic field, she studied in the renowned Center of Earth Science of the university of Clermont-Ferrand, one of France's leading research institutes in the field of volcanology.
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.
Emanuela Carone from our VolcanoDiscovery Italy team, correspondant and coordinator for Etna volcano
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.
American-Brasilian volcanologist Philip Ong
manages VolcanoDiscovery Hawaii. His friendly charm and sympathetic 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.