Brian G. McAdoo is Professor of Science and Elm College Rector at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Prior to coming to Singapore, he served as the Althea Ward Clark Professor of Environmental Science at Vassar College. He received his B.S. in Geology from Duke University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Science from the University of Otago (New Zealand) where he was a Fulbright Scholar. During his PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, McAdoo completed eight dives to the bottom of the ocean in the deep-sea research vessel Alvin while researching submarine landscape evolution. This line of research eventually led to an interest in earthquakes and tsunami, and as a member of the United Nations International Tsunami Survey Team, how geophysical hazards interact with biophysical and social environments in Asia, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.