Prof. Ramón Arrowsmith, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

Ramón Arrowsmith, Ph.D. is "StRATEGy" guest professor and visiting the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Potsdam University for the 2016-2017 academic year on sabbatical leave from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, USA. He has over 20 years experience studying the earthquake geology, paleoseismology, and geomorphology of fault zones and publishing about their history of activity and hazards with emphasis in California, Central Asia, and east Africa. He is Co-founder and Co-PI of the OpenTopography effort - a portal to the largest collection of freely available high resolution topography data ( He has lead many short courses, workshops, and visioning activities emphasizing high resolution topographic data and tectonic geomorphology. He has a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Stanford University where he met "StRATEGy" speaker Manfred Strecker in the early 1990s. He has been a collaborator and occasional visitor of the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Potsdam University for about 20 years and spent prior sabbaticals visiting in 2001-2002 and 2010.