Dr. Thomas Holzer, a U.S. geologist and expert in earthquakes, will give a public lecture titled "How many catastrophic earthquakes and global earthquake fatalities will there be in the 21st century?" at Ilia State University on Friday, November 25 at 16:00. The lecture will take place in Auditorium 101 at 32 Chavchavadze Avenue and is free and open to the public. The lecture will be in English.
Dr. Holzer works for the United States Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Society (USGS). He is an expert in post-earthquake investigations and has traveled worldwide to earthquake locations as a researcher and lecturer, including to Afghanistan, Nepal, Japan and New Zealand. Dr. Holzer is visiting Georgia following the conclusion of a trip by a group of U.S. geologists to Van, Turkey, where two devastating earthquakes took place last month. During his visit to Tbilisi, Dr. Holzer will also be meeting with members of academia and government officials.
Dr. Thomas Holzer is an engineering geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. He received a B.S.E. in geological engineering from Princeton University in 1965, a M.S. in hydrology in 1966, and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford in 1970. In addition to his work as a geologist with the USGS, he is a consulting professor at Stanford University. Among other professional accomplishments, Dr. Holzer chaired the committee that wrote the official plan of the (U.S.) National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program to conduct post-earthquake investigations.