Professor James Goff

PhD: 1993, Department of Geology, University of Western Ontario, Canada MSc: 1991, Department of Geography, University Of Western Ontario, Canada BSc (Hons.): 1989, University College, Worcester, UK (1st)
Professor James Goff is Honorary Professor of Tsunami Research, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia, and Adjunct Professor at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. He also holds the position of Deputy Director at Pangea (Palaeontology, Geobiology & Earth Archives) Research Centre (2016- present). He is Leader of the Tsunami and Natural Hazards Research Group (2012-present) and Joint Leader of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Anthropology (2012-present).
Professor Goff is on the Advisory Board of the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hawaii. He also serves as Committee Member at the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Environment; at the International Council for Science – Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Disasters for Asia and the Pacific; and at the International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics (IUGG) Tsunami Commission. He is Council Member of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society, Editor of the Journal of Geoenvironmental Disasters, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Holocene. Awards include the Te Kūwaha Award for research excellence in Māori environmental knowledge & natural hazards, as well as the Pickering Award from the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand for services to tsunami research.
Professor Goff has published 2 books and 261 Refereed Publications. He is the creator of the New Zealand Palaeotsunami database. He is one of top five tsunami researchers from 1929-2016 by citations /publications. Professor Goff is particularly interested in tsunamis – all aspects of tsunamis - hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment, disaster and emergency management. He has worked on natural hazards such as tsunamis, earthquakes, cyclones (and hurricanes!), volcanic eruptions, river floods, glacial outbursts, fires, and landslides in numerous locations such as Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, The Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Hawaii, USA's Pacific Northwest, Canada, UK, France, Greece, Belize, Wallis and Futuna, Cook Islands, Japan, Taiwan, Marquesas - French Polynesia, Chile, Mexico and New Caledonia. Professor Goff and his students use field work and synthesis of data from the literature to quantify hazards. A multi-proxy toolbox of analytical techniques is used to identify evidence for past events, coupled with geomorphological, anthropological and archaeological information where available to better understand the catastrophic past.