Dr. Mark Guishard Joins Risk Prediction Initiative

March 19, 2013

Mark_Guishard2Adding to its already-distinguished staff, the Risk Prediction Initiative [RPI2.0] recently welcomed Dr. Mark Guishard as its new Science Program Manager.

RPI2.0— part of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences [BIOS] —works to create effective and efficient dialogue between scientists and re/insurers involved in catastrophic risk by funding and showcasing academic research relevant to the (re)insurance industry and assisting in translating science into applications for the industry.

Dr. Guishard is familiar to many Bermudians, having served as the Director of the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] from 2006-2012 and, prior to that, as a Forecaster for the BWS since 1997. He was replaced at the BWS by Kimberley Zuill.

A Bermudian, Dr. Guishard obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of East Anglia [UK] and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Penn State [US] with a dissertation focusing on the meteorology of subtropical storms, hurricanes and extra-tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin.

During his time as Director of the Bermuda Weather Service, Dr. Guishard also served as an Adjunct Scientist at BIOS, where he taught courses for visiting university groups, gave public lectures, and participated in RPI science workshops.

In conjunction with his duties at BWS, he served as Bermuda’s representative to the U.N. World Meteorological Organization [WMO] where he was appointed the English-speaking Vice Chair of the Regional Hurricane Committee.

He also represented the WMO and Bermuda on the U.N. regional coordination group on tsunamis and other coastal hazards. After six years as Director of BWS, Dr. Guishard broadened his professional expertise by working as a “cat modeler” [catastrophe risk analysis and modeling] for a Bermuda-based reinsurance company.

With these diverse experiences as a background, Dr. Guishard was keen to join RPI2.0 as Science Program Manager—a position that would allow him to interact directly with the re/insurance members, as well as manage RPI2.0-funded research projects.

Dr. Guishard says that he is “happy to be working with fellow scientists to better understand natural hazards and produce results that are not only academic in nature, but include applications that are relevant to the re/insurance industry.”

For more information about RPI2.0, please visit their website at http://rpi.bios.edu.

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  1. Yes I says:

    Congrats Mark. Wishing you well in your new endeavor.