Dr. Robert Muir-Wood
Chief Research Officer, RMS
Dr. Robert Muir-Wood is a scientist, natural disaster expert, and published author. He is the chief research officer of RMS, where he works to advance natural catastrophe modeling and investigate emerging catastrophe risks.
Over the last 20 years, Dr. Muir-Wood has developed hurricane, earthquake, tropical cyclone, windstorm, and flood catastrophe models for Europe, Japan, North America, the Caribbean, and Australia. Most recently, he has spent time analyzing the sequence and timing of catastrophic events, how insurance loss escalates during major catastrophes, and the financial and social impact of "mega" catastrophes.
A world-leading authority on natural sciences, Dr. Muir-Wood is an accomplished writer and speaker. He is the author of Dark Side of the Earth;Earthquakes and Volcanoes;On the Rocks: A Geology of Britain; and three children's books: Atlas of the Natural World;Discovering Prehistory; and Picture Atlas of Prehistoric Life; as well as numerous published scientific papers and articles.
He is vice chair of the OECD High Level Advisory Board of the International Network on the Financial Management of Large Scale Catastrophes; a member of the Climate Risk and Insurance Working Group for the Geneva Association; was on the team awarded The Nobel Peace Prize 2007, for his work with Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and was a lead author on insurance, finance, and climate change for the 2007 IPCC Assessment Report. In 2012, as part of Mexico's presidency of the G20, he advocated for the governmental use of catastrophe models to manage national disaster risks.
Dr. Muir-Wood graduated with a Bachelor's degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University, England. He went on to obtain his doctorate in Earth sciences at Cambridge, where he was also a junior research fellow.