As BIOS’s Director of Corporate and Community Relations, Mark is responsible for the strategic development of the Risk Prediction Initiative. He has general oversight for the overall program, and specific responsibilities for liaising with existing and prospective Member companies. Additionally, he manages relationships with Bermuda-based individuals and organizations interested in supporting BIOS’s activities.
Mark is a qualified meteorologist, with 15 years’ experience in the Bermuda Weather Service, six of those as its Director. His research into Atlantic hurricanes and subtropical storms led him to obtain a PhD in Meteorology from Penn State University, following a Master’s degree from the University of East Anglia. Mark has experience as an operational forecaster with training from the UK Met Office and the US National Hurricane Center.
Mark has served on intergovernmental committees focusing on warning and mitigation of natural hazards such as tropical cyclones and tsunamis. Previously, in conjunction with an Adjunct Scientist role at BIOS, he has attended RPI meetings on a regular basis. Following his career in meteorology, Mark spent a brief time as a reinsurance analyst and risk modeler. Mark’s background make him ideally suited to focus on research questions surrounding catastrophe risk.
John received his BSc in Marine Science from Eckerd College and a PhD degree in Hazard and Disaster Management from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. John’s doctoral studies looked at quantifying the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and primary industries to volcanic ashfall hazards, with a concentration on volcanic ash-induced impacts to electric power networks.
Before joining RPI, John held a brief postdoctoral scholar position at Oregon State University and has published papers on his research in top international journals in the fields of volcanology, natural hazards and electrical engineering. He also has first-hand experience of the Canterbury earthquake sequence in New Zealand, and its aftermath, from both an academic and personal perspective. John brings a new dimension to RPI, with contacts and insights into geological risks that augment an existing focus on weather and climate variability.
With backgrounds in atmospheric science, catastrophe analysis and research management, RPI’s team brings a vast network of contacts and years of experience relevant to the interface between science and reinsurance.