Getting close to volcanoes that look eager to spit rivers of incredibly hot molten lava may not be the dream of a generation, but it is a delightful experience for those who admire Earth’s forces. Dougal Alexander Jerram, a British geologist, researcher and media presenter is part of this group. He has been seen next to volcanoes explaining its details and has featured as an expert on his appearances on BBC, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and Channel 4. Director of DougalEARTH, his earth sciences website, Dougal has accepted to pour some of his hot volcanic knowledge into this interview.
Interview done by jonasscherer via e-mail between october 13th and 24th, 2012.
Why do people call you Dr. Volcano?
Dougal: During the Iceland volcanic ash crisis which shut off all Europe’s air space, I was asked to go on a popular TV show called “The One Show” on the BBC, to explain about the volcano. They called me Dr. Volcano, and I used a volcano model and geological samples to explain why the volcanic eruptions were causing such a problem. The name Dr. Volcano has stuck and its now my knick name.