Victoria Bruce is a writer and film producer with a concentration in Earth sciences. She has a Master's degree in geology from the University of California, Riverside, where she completed a thesis on Mount Rainier volcano. In 2001, she wrote the national bestseller, No Apparent Danger; The True Story of a Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado del Ruiz (HarperCollins), an account of the intricate play between politics, people, and natural disasters. She has written for NASA, the Portland Oregonian, Earth Magazine and National Geographic Adventure, where her research took her around the globe, to active volcanoes, ocean reefs and dense jungles. She's been a contributor to science television programs for the BBC, NOVA, Science Times Television, Nightline, National Geographic Television, and Discovery Channel. Bruce produced several documentaries with Karin Hayes, including Held Hostage in Colombia, which was excerpted by 60 Minutes, and broadcast on the History Channel. Bruce and Hayes' documentary, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt, aired on HBO/Cinemax. The program earned the producers the 2005 duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.