My main expertise and research centers on quantifying the temporal aspects and interplay between hinterland deformation and basin evolution. For the past years (both my M.S. and Ph.D. thesis research), my studies have focus on the intricate dynamic processes linking basin evolution and large-scale tectonics combining conventional field techniques and extensive laboratory work. My M.S. research at the University of Kansas investigated the timing and linkages of normal faulting and its influence on Early Miocene sedimentation in the Gulf of Suez rift-basin. Additionally, we employed detrital zircon (U-Th)/He analysis on the entire pre- and syn-rift Paleozoic to Cenozoic sedimentary package in the Gulf of Suez to track detrital provenance and its tectonic controls. Currently, as a PH.D student, I am working on the temporal aspects of thrust-belt and foreland basin interaction using U-Pb-He double dating on zircon grains derived from the Sevier hinterland and proximal parts of the foreland basin in Utah.

Mi interés investigativo centra en cuantificar los aspectos temporales entre estilos de deformación y arquitectura de cuenca integrando métodos analíticos (isotópicos) y de campo. Durante los pasados años he estado envuelto en proyectos que tratan de integrar distintas disciplinas geológicas como geología estructural, análisis de cuenca, estratigrafías secuencial, sedimentología y geo- y thermo-cronología para dilucidar las interacciones entre procesos continentales y de formación de cuenca. Mi proyecto principal toma lugar en la Cordillera de los Estados Unidos, en específico, las regiones producto de la Orogenia Sevier durante el Cretáceo en Utah y Colorado.

Current Research Projects

(U/Th)/He and (U-Pb) temporal and thermal constraints on the dynamic interplay between thrusting and basin development along the Sevier foreland basin, Utah

New insights into the stratigraphic and structural evolution of the middle to late Jurassic Neuquén basin as constrained by detrital zircon (U-Th)/(He-Pb) and apatite (U-Th)/He ages

Past Research Projects

Structural evolution and timing of extensional faulting in the central Gulf of Suez, Egypt

Petrographic constraints on contact metamorphism associated with the Tibes stock: First reported endoskarn in Puerto Rico. [Senior Thesis]

Geologic relations along the Rio Portugues near the Tibes stock contact aureole [Senior Thesis]

Contact and structural analysis of el Rayo and Sabana Grande Formation southern Puerto Rico

R.L. Folk & E.F. McBride Petrographic Contest Award (Runner-Up) - Jackson School of Geociences (2015)

STATOIL US Svalex Travel Grant to Svalbard - STATOIL (2013)

AGI MPP Minority Participation Program Scholarship (3) - American Geosciences Institute (2011)

AGI MPP Minority Participation Program Scholarship (2) - American Geosciences Institute (2009)

Harry Hess Award - University of Puerto Rico, Department of Geology (2008)

Star Award - United States Geological Survey (USGS) (2008)

AGI MPP Minority Participation Program Scholarship (1) - American Geosciences Institute (2006)

PR-LSAMP Undergraduate Scholarship - The Puerto Rico Louis Stokes Alliance for minority participation (2006 - 2007)

Primary Convener and Chair, AGU Session ID#: 9154, American Geophysical Union 2015 Conferences (2015)

Mentor, 2014 Geochronology Minority Summer Intership, Thermochronology Group - Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)