Our People


DurrheimDr. Raymond Durrheim: Ray Durrheim holds the South African Research Chair in Exploration, Earthquake and Mining Seismology at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Fellow in the Natural Resources and the Environment Unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He has participated in many studies dealing with deep level mining and rockbursting. From 1998 to 2002 he was the manager of the DeepMine and FutureMine Collaborative Research Programmes. In 2005 he was commissioned by Chief Inspector of Mines to lead an investigation into the risks to miners, mines and the public associated with large seismic events in the gold mining districts. He is currently the leader of the research project entitled “Minimising the Rockburst Risk”, sponsored by the Mine Health & Safety Council. This project encompasses research on topics such as seismic source mechanisms, the dynamics of fault zones, rockburst damage mechanisms, and seismic hazard assessment methods. He can be reached at: Raymond.Durrheim@wits.ac.za


NybladeDr. Andy Nyblade: Andy Nyblade, professor of geosciences at the Pennsylvania State University, has served as co-Director of AfricaArray since its launch in 2004. Born and raised in Tanzania, he has been leading geophysical research in eastern and southern Africa for more than 20 years. Prior to his involvement in AfricaArray, Dr. Nyblade conducted broadband seismic projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Cameroon, and heat flow and gravity projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, and Kenya. Dr, Nyblade is a geophysicist who has worked globally on the structure and evolution of continental lithosphere and its relation to mantle dynamics. In Africa, some of his most recent work has focused on the origin of continental rifting, the causes of plateau uplift, and the nature of Precambrian lower crust. Dr. Nyblade can be reached at: aan2@psu.edu