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VOLCANOES are the ultimate teachers of Volcanology, and I have been very fortunate indeed to have had many excellent teachers over the past 25 years! Mauna Loa and Kilauea have been my "home room" teachers, but in over 15 years of international assignments with the U. S. Geological Survey and the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), my "classrooms of fire" have included volcanoes with names like Gamalama, Nyiragongo, and Galunggung, as well as better known ones like Mt. Pinatubo, Ruiz, Etna, and Mt. Saint Helens, as well as a few dozen others (some of which are described below). There are many more volcanoes in the world than there are volcanologists, however, and the men and women who study, monitor, and live with active volcanoes are a close-knit group. We are united by our love of volcanoes, by the stories we share at international meetings, and by the shared pain of lost friends who have been "too close at the wrong time". I have learned much from the experience of these fellow volcanologists from volcano observatories around the world, particularly from my talented USGS colleagues at the [Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)] and with the [Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP)] at the [Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)].
Birth
Early Education
Formal Education
Family

Birth

26 October, 1939, Connecticut, USA. U.S. Citizen.

Early Education

Rural upbringing with supportive parents who encouraged a love for the outdoors and for diverse people, and instilled a curiosity about the world around me. Hunting for rabbits and deer in the Southern California mountains led me to an interest in the rocks and stones beneath my feet.

Formal Education

Undergraduate: University of California at Riverside. A.B in Geology - 1961 Thesis: Santa Rosa Mountains, California
Graduate: Princeton University. Ph. D. in Geology - 1966 Thesis: Guajira Peninsula, Republic of Colombia

Family

My wife Marti and children Pam and Glen have been incredibly supportive of my addiction to volcanology. They have been at my side at many eruptions, and have trekked on with me into dangerous and ash-covered places where others feared to go.Marti is now Business Manager for GCI, Pam is in grad school at Penn State, and Glen manages an office for the Eurasia Foundation in Russia.

Pam, Marti, and Glen Lockwood between eruptive episodes
in the devastated "Red Zone" of Galunggung Volcano.
Indonesia, 1982