Faculty and Instructors
Assistant Professor of Geology
5041 Derring Hall
4044 Derring Hall (0420)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Ph.D., 2009, Rutgers University
B.S., 2005, University of Costa Rica
2011-Present, Assistant Professor of Geology, Geosciences, Virginia Tech
2009-2011, Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Earth, Environmental, and Ocean Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.
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.
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.
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