Melody Whitehead is a postdoctoral fellow at Massey University. Her focus is on how to quantify and reduce the inherent uncertainties within geoscientific problems.
Mel’s research includes probabilistic modelling of natural hazards, sensitivity analyses around model boundaries and parameter selection, and modelling expert interpretation of geological data within a Bayesian brain.
Current work revolves around volcanism, multi-hazards, and expert cognitive bias.
Mel has a PhD in geology from the University of Auckland, and masters’ degrees in engineering and natural hazards from the University of Bristol.
Prior to her current position, Mel was a postdoctoral fellow in the geophysics department at the University of Edinburgh.