M.S., Geology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2018
Ph.D., Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2022
Estefania is a PhD candidate and a Fulbright scholar at the Jackson School of Geosciences, co-advised by professors Dr. Rowan Martindale and Dr. Katherine Ellis, Program Director of Geoscience Education Research. Estefanias research is aimed to incorporate geoscience education research into geoconservation strategies, she is especially interested in the relation nature-society, how place-based education increases sense of place, and how sense of place impacts behaviors and attitudes towards nature. Her study area is East Portland, Jamaica, where she is supporting ongoing conservation strategies to protect coral reefs and its resources. Estefania received her bachelors degree in Geology in the National University of Colombia, and she holds a MSc degree in Geology from the same institution. Before staring her PhD, Estefania worked for the Colombian Geological Survey in projects related with geological heritage, including the national inventory of geoheritage sites and the first proposal for a Global UNESCO geopark in the country, El Nevado del Ruiz Volcano Geopark initiative. At JSG Estefania has been involved in leadership positions, as the JSG representative in the UT Graduate Students Assembly; in this respect she is especially interested in participating on initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion in the Geosciences. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, reading, and cooking.
Jackson Fellowship in Geohydrology and Wiley Fund for Excellence in Hydrogeology - Jackson School of Geosciences (2021 - 2021)
GSA Best student paper 2019 - Geological Society of America (2019)
Fulbright Scholarship - Fulbright (2018 - 2021)
GSA Graduate Students Grant - Geological Society of America (2018 - 2018)
Graduate Students AssemblyRepresentative, GSEC, GSEC (2019 - 2020)