Houghton pointing a stick at a water-filled crater
Bruce Houghton near Ruapehu, New Zealand.

Bruce Houghton, the Gordon A. Macdonald Professor of Volcanology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Houghton, who joined SOEST in 2000, has made impressive contributions internationally in the field of volcanology and volcanic hazards.

AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with 60,000 members in 137 countries. Annually since 1962, it elects fellows whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields. It is a distinguished honor bestowed on no more than 0.1 percent of the AGU membership.

“This is further acclaim for the excellence of Bruce’s work in understanding the dynamics of volcanic eruptions and the human responses to same, which is so important to people living with active volcanoes as we do in Hawaiʻi,” said SOEST Dean Brian Taylor.

Houghton’s research focuses on the mechanisms of explosive eruptions from real-time, high-speed imagery and study of eruption products. He was a member of the U.S. Geological Survey field response team throughout the 2018 volcanic crisis at Kīlauea.

At UH Mānoa, he also serves as science director of the FEMA-funded National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.

AGU’s 2018 class of fellows will be recognized on December 12 during the organization’s fall meeting in Washington, D.C.

For the full story, see the SOEST website.

—By Marcie Grabowski