Associate Professor of Igneous Processes
I study processes in the interior of Planet Earth that produce magmas, volcanoes and contribute to the evolution of our planet. My research interests involve mantle melting processes and the origin of igneous rocks. I study the development and evolution of different geochemical reservoirs of Planet Earth, the deep geochemical cycles (from ocean crust production and subduction to the deep recycling) and mantle lithologies/sources. My goal is to contribute to the understanding of how Planet Earth works internally and how this affects the surface. My approach to study these processes is from a petrological and geochemical perspective.
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2009
B.S., University of Costa Rica, 2005
Geology is the passion of my life and this passion is reflected to my students in the classroom, lab and the field. This is a crucial time for geosciences! Population growth forces human development into areas at risk of natural hazards and energy and other natural resources are getting depleted. All of these challenges are increasing the need of properly trained geoscientists. My mission is to contribute to the education of the next generation of geoscientists so that they can bring solutions to these challenges.
- 2016, Hisashi Kuno Award, Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU 2016 Honors, also include the Kuno Lecture at the European Geoscience Union meeting in 2017
- 2016, GeoPrisms Distinguished Lecturer for 2016-2017
- 2015, Scholar of the Week, Research Division, Virginia Tech
- 2014, 40 under 40 accolade from “El Financiero” the finance newspaper of Costa Rica and Central America
- 2009-2011, Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth, Environmental, and Ocean Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.
- 2009-2010, Costa Rican National Science Award “Clodomiro Picado”. This is the most important scientific honor given annually by the government of Costa Rica to the most outstanding scientific research.
- 2008-2009, Bevier Fellowship for excellence in graduate research, Rutgers University.
- 2007-2008, University Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University.
- 2007-2008, Graduate School Research Award in Sciences, Rutgers University.
- 2005, Highest honors by the Central American School of Geology, University of Costa Rica.