I am a chemist with interest in glaciology, atmospheric chemistry and paleoclimate.
During the past years, my research has focused on reconstructing past climate and environmental signals in Antarctica and the Arctic, using ice cores. After a great time in the cold realms, I decided to step in the tropical heat to reconstruct past climate and environmental changes in Central America, as visiting professor at University of Costa Rica.
I currently collaborate with the following projects at University of Costa Rica:
I) Isotope Network for Tropical Ecosystems Studies (ISONET)
II) Vegetation-Atmosphere Interaction and Influences in Rainfall Distribution
III) Climate Change Effects on the Hydrological Cycle and Water Availability in the Chorotega Region
IV) Volcanic caves of Costa Rica: Mineralogy, geomicrobiology, and speleology
V) Karst Hydrogeology at Venado de San Carlos: Speleological, hydrogeological, geological, and geotouristic implications
In addition, I keep a close collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute via the Ice Rises Project, to continue with the analysis of ice core data.
I am an enthusiastic of deep time and climate, and I think it is important that students within Earth Sciences get familiar with those concepts early in their careers. Because of that, I started the course Introduction to Paleoclimatology during the second term of 2017. In this first edition, the course had 15 students from three different areas: meteorology, physics, and geology. The course will be opened again in 2018, and it is expected to keep boosting the interest of Costa Rican undergraduate students on Paleoclimate and multidisciplinary research. Besides paleoclimatology, I also teach General Physics.