Dr Graham Tobin
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Tobin's current research activities are concerned with modelling the impacts of evacuation strategies and chronic hazards, particularly those associated with ongoing ash fall from volcanic activity, on human health and community resilience. For the last ten years, he has undertaken field work in communities around Mount Tungurahua and El Reventador in Ecuador and Popocatépetl in Mexico, with Dr. Linda. M. Whiteford.
Dr. Tobin's other research interests focus on issues of natural hazards, with particular emphasis on understanding human and environmental consequences of disasters. He is co-author, with Dr. Burrell E. Montz, of Natural Hazards: Explanation and Integration and has written a number of other books, monographs, articles, chapters, technical reports, and working papers, dealing with natural hazards. These include papers on dynamics of urban residential land markets in response to the flood hazard, models of residential stress following flooding, and broader theoretical discussions on sustainability and community resilience. Dr. Tobin has been chair of both the Hazards Specialty Group and the Water Resources Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.
Whiteford, L.M. and Tobin, G.A. 2009. If the Pyroclastic Flow Doesn’t Kill You, The Recovery Will. In E.C. Jones and A.D. Murphy (Eds.) Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters. Alta Mira Press: Walnut Creek, California. Chapter 8, pp. 155-176.
Luque, J., Whiteford, L.M. and Tobin, G.A. .2008. Maternal Recognition and Health Care-Seeking Behavior for Acute Respiratory Infection in Children in a Rural Ecuadorian County. Journal of Maternal and Child Health, Vol.12, No. 3, pp. 287-297.
Lane, L.R., Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. 2004. Volcanic Hazard or Economic Destitution: Hard Choices in Baños, Ecuador. Environmental Hazards: Human and Policy Dimensions, Global Environmental Change, Part B. Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 23-34.
Whiteford, L.M. and Tobin, G.A. 2004. Saving Lives, Destroying Livelihoods: Emergency Evacuation and Resettlement Policies. In A. Castro and M. Springer (Ed.) Unhealthy Health Policies: A Critical Anthropological Examination. AltaMira Press: Walnut Creek, California. Chapter 11, pp. 189-202.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. 2002. Economic Ramifications of Disaster: Experiences of Displaced Persons on the Slopes of Mount Tungurahua, Ecuador. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences. 25: 316-324.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. 2002. Community Resilience and Volcano Hazard: The Eruption of Tungurahua and Evacuation of the Faldas in Ecuador. Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management. 26:(1) 28-48.
Tobin, G.A., Whiteford, L.M. and Connor, C.B. 2002. Modeling Volcanic Ash Dispersion and its Impact on Human Health and Community Resilience. Technical Report: Globalization Research Center, University of South Florida. pp. 48.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. 2002. Percepciones de Reisgo y Condiciones de Salud. Technical Report: Ecuadorian Government Officials and Community Leaders in Ecuador. pp. 13.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. 2001. Children's Health Characteristics Under Different Evacuation Strategies: The Eruption of Mount Tungurahua, Ecuador. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, Vol. 24, pp. 183-191.
Tobin, G.A. and Whiteford, L.M. 2001. The Role of Women in Post-Disaster Environments: Health and Community Sustainability. Technical Report: The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. pp. 968.
Whiteford, L.M., Tobin, G.A., Laspina, C. and Yepes, H. 2002. In the Shadow of the Volcano: Human Health and Community Resilience Following Forced Evacuation. Technical Report: The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. pp. 548.
Whiteford, L.M., Tobin, G.A., Laspina, C. and Yepes, H. 2002. A la Sombra del Volcán: Salud Humana y Capacidad de Recuperación Comunitaria Después de una Evacuación Forzosa. Community Report: Ecuadorian Government Officials and Community Leaders in Ecuador. pp. 16.
Whiteford, L.M., Tobin, G.A., Laspina, C. and Yepes, H. 2002. In the Shadow of the Volcano: Human Health and Community Resilience Following Forced Evacuation. Community Report: Ecuadorian Government Officials and Community Leaders in Ecuador. pp. 17.
Download our pamphlets on preparing for ashfall and on the health hazards of ash. They are designed for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are now avaiable in English, Japanese, French Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Indonesian and Icelandic with Italian versions being available shortly. Please see our Pamphlets page for further infomation.
FACE MASK USE
IVHHN has an article under the Guidelines tab which used to be called 'Recommended Face Masks'. This has now been updated to 'Information on face masks' and is an interim page whilst the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions project investigates which types of respiratory protection are effective in protecting the general population from volcanic ash inhalation. Please note that the translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese have not yet been updated.