Volcanoes and Our Environment

Richard S. Fiske, our Phi Beta Kappa visiting
scholar, has been a research geologist at the
Smithsonian since 1976. He served as director of the
institute's National Museum of Natural History from
1980 to 1985. Earlier he worked with the U.S. Geological
Survey, which he joined in 1963.

Co-author of Krakatau 1883: The Volcanic Eruption and
Its Effects
(1983), Dr. Fiske is the chief curator of the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit, Inside Active Volcanoes: Kilauea
and Mount St. Helens
, which is currently touring the
United States.

Dr. Fiske is a fellow of the Geological Society of
America and the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences. He specializes in the study of volcanoes, both
active and extinct. His studies of active volcanoes have
taken him to the eastern Caribbean and Hawaii, where
he has made geophysical measurements to understand
better the underground plumbing systems of these
volcanoes and the timing of future eruptions. His
research on extinct volcanoes has focused on the Sierra
Nevada. There he has investigated sites where huge
volumes of granitic magma erupted to the surface. He is
currently carrying out fieldwork in Japan to study
explosive eruptions that take place in the oceans of the

Dr. Fiske's presentation, titled "Volcanoes and Our
Environment," includes slides of breathtaking illustrations of volcanic activity. Dr. Fiske has been brought to
CMC by the College's Phi Beta Kappa chapter. To join
us for this event, please use The Fortnightly's reservation