The CONVERSE Catalyst Center is currently operated by a team of ‘Principals’ who represent the various disciplines in volcano science. Tobias Fischer (The University of New Mexico) and Bruce Houghton (University of Hawaii at Manoa) are the Director and co-Director of the Catalyst Center. The Principals represent their respective science communities and ensure that the interests of these groups are taken into account when we make decisions.
An important aspect of CONVERSE is the partnership with the US Geological Survey. The USGS is broadly represented by Dr. Tina Neal, Director of the Volcano Science Center. Dr. Michelle Coombs, Scientist-in-Charge at AVO and Dr. Seth Moran, research geophysicist at CVO are CONVERSE principals who also form the liaison between USGS and the Center.
Other US partners include federal organizations such as NASA, the Smithsonian Institution and FEMA. International partner organization currently include the University of Iceland, GNS of New Zealand, INGV in Italy, The Ckelar group of Chile and IG of Ecuador.
In addition to the Principals, the physical science and social science communities relevant to volcano science, is represented through 13 task forces. These groups are organized by disciplines and include scientists from the USGS and the international science community. The current charge of the task forces is to provide input from the community for a future vision for their discipline and for setting the priorities of the Center in terms of science-, instrument- and cyber-infrastructure. Task forces and members are listed here:
CONVERSE Discipline Task Forces June 26, 2023
|Social Science||Michael Lindell||Sara McBride||Catherine Depari||Carson MacPherson-Krutsky||Jeanette Sutton||David Johnston|
|Data Management||Ben Andrews||Emily M-B||Connor Bacon||Su Zhang|
|Geophysics (s, d, infrasound)||Greg Waite||Wes Thelen||Kathleen McKee||Christelle Wauthier||Noel Barstow||Ronni Grapenthin|
|Gas||Tobias Fischer||Peter Kelly||Alessandro Aiuppa||Simon Carn||Maarten DeMoor|
|Mineral Clocks/Rates||Tom Shea||Kendra Lynn||Megan Newcombe||Madison Myers||Teresa Ubide|
|Modelling||Helge Gonnermann||Kyle Anderson||Josh Crozier||Sylvain Charbonnier||Chiara Montagna|
|Rapid Geochemistry/Sampling||Kari Cooper||Matt Loewen||Ben Andrews||Cheryl Gansecki||Penny Wieser|
|Rapid Impacts/Damage||Karl Kim||David Damby||Mike Vorce||Eric Yamashita||Su Zhang||Yolanda Lin|
|Remote Sensing||Rob Wright||Hannah Dietterich||Mary Bato||Paul Lungren||Simon Carn||Matt Pritchard||Ben Phillips|
|UAV/UAS||Brett Carr||Angie Diefenbach||Einat Lev||Mel Rodgers|
|Eruption Documentation||Bruce Houghton||Matt Patrick||Jacopo Taddeucci||Erika Radder|