Susan W. Kieffer is a professor emerita of geology at the University of Illinois and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Kieffer hosts a popular blog called Geology in Motion. She lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.
"[T]he clarity of Kieffer's writing, coupled with her careful choice of supporting graphics, makes the content engaging and accessible to a wide readership." -- The Times Higher Education "If you are an amateur weather geek, disaster wonk or budding student of the earth sciences, you will want to read this book." -- Seattle Times "Geologist Kieffer analyzes recent earthquakes and eruptions with a clear eye on improving our planning for, and response to, these inevitable events." -- Discover Magazine "Photos enhance the drama of this highly accessible look at disasters." -- BookProfessor.com "A study on natural disasters [that] puts fizz into the physics." -- Nature "A clear, engagingly wonky introduction to the field." -- Publishers Weekly "Fast-moving, interesting... Imparts a range of knowledge of the risks of natural hazards in a relatively painless way that educates but also entertains." -- Donald Turcotte - Science