Chief Research Officer, RMS
Robert is the chief research officer of science and technology at RMS. His responsibilities include enhancing approaches to and applications of natural catastrophe modeling. Robert has more than 20 years’ experience in developing probabilistic models to characterize the risk and ramifications of natural and human-led shocks.
He has recently pioneered research into the clustering of catastrophic events, extreme liquefaction, loss amplification factors in “super cats,” time-varying activity rates, and the economic and social impacts of water scarcity.
Robert was the lead author on insurance, finance, and climate change for the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. He was also appointed a key contributor to the 2014 Risky Business study by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson.
Robert has written six books, along with numerous papers and articles in scientific and industry publications. He is a member of the High Level Advisory Board of the OECD International Network on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes. Robert holds a first-class degree in natural sciences and a Ph.D. in earth sciences, both from Cambridge University, and he was a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.