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Seismic Research Unit
University of the West Indies
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies

Telephone :

(1-868) 662-4659

Telefax :

(1-868) 663-9293

Telex :

(294)24520 W.G.


Dr. Richard Robertson

Email :

Website :


The Seismic Research Unit is part of the University of the West Indies and is supported by (9) governments in the Caribbean area.


Richard Robertson, B.Sc. (UWI), M.Phil. (Leeds), Ph.D. (UWI)

Scientific staff:

Lloyd Lynch, B.Sc. (UWI), Research Fellow (Instrumentation)
Joan L. Latchman, B.Sc., M. Phil (UWI), Research Fellow (Seismologist)
Jan-Marie Lindsay, B.Sc. M.Sc (Auckland), Ph.D. (Potsdam)
Chandradath Ramsingh, B.Sc. (UWI), Junior Research Fellow (Instrumentation)
Stacey Edwards, B.A. (Howard), Ed.M. (Harvard), Education and Outreach Coordinator
Shahiba Ali, B.Sc., M.Sc. (UWI) Temporary Junior Research Fellow
Erouscilla Joseph, B.Sc., M.Phil (UWI), Research Assistant, Volcanology

Clerical & Support Staff:

Lutchman Pollard, Research Technician
Godfrey Almorales, Research Technician
Wilkie Balgobin, Engineering Technician
Nisha Nath, Research Technician.
Ian Juman, Electronics Technician
Yvonne Joseph, Secretary
Kumar Rampersadsingh, Senior Office Assistant
Nolan Ali, General Maintenance Assistant
Armoogam Moonsammy, Groundsman/Handyman
Shirley Bethelmy, Cleaner

The Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies is the agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes and volcanic activity in the Commonwealth Eastern Caribbean countries. Scientists at the Unit maintain a volcanic surveillance and warning system in these countries, conduct research on the distribution and frequency of earthquakes in the Eastern Caribbean and provide advice on earthquake and volcano related issues to governments of the contributing countries. Additional volcanic monitoring is carried out on contract in the Netherlands Antilles islands of Saba and Sint Eustatius (Statia). Close links are also maintained with similar organisations in the region such as the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) which is responsible for volcanic and earthquake monitoring in the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, the Fundacion Venezolana de Investigaciones Sismologicas (FUNVISIS) and the Universidad de Oriente (UDO) which monitor earthquakes in Venezuela. In addition to providing services in volcanology and seismology to the governments of the contributing countries, the Unit also provides consultancy services in various aspects of Applied Seismology, Engineering Geophysics and Geology to both local and international insurance companies and civil engineering establishments.

The Unit is primarily funded by the governments of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, and Antigua-Barbuda. External project funding is currently provided by a number of external agencies and private companies including:

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID/OFDA)
  • The British Department for International Development (DFID)
  • The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
  • The Atlantic Natural Gas Company
  • British Gas

Information updated November 2004

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