Robert Pearce is a full-time consultant with the International Data Centre Division at the CTBTO.
He worked as a research fellow for the UK Government at the Blacknest seismological research group from 1997 to 1980, where he specialized in methods of discriminating between explosions and earthquakes. After a period as a geophysicist in the coal industry, he took up an academic position at the University of Cardiff, UK, where his research interests included earthquake and exploration seismology. He later worked at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands before moving to the University of Edinburgh in 1989.
In 1998 he was employed by the CTBTO where he worked for ten years in the International Data Centre, latterly as Chief of its Monitoring and Data Analysis Section. During this period of progressive build-up of the verification system he was responsible for the team of data analysts and for the preparation of reviewed event bulletins and reviewed radionuclide reports.