Department of Geology

Graduate Studies

Welcome to the Graduate Studies Site of The Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM).

The main purpose of this page is to provide general information about procedures and admission requirements to the Master’s degree program in the Department of Geology. Also included is information on entrance requirements, costs/fees, options for economic assistance, and sources of additional information. Research in the Department of Geology focuses primarily on investigations into geological, geochemical, and geophysical processes within the circum-Caribbean region. Particular focus areas include:

Applied Geophysics (E. Asencio)

Aqueous alteration of primitive meteorites and mineral-fluid interactions (L. Chizmadia)

Carbonate sedimentology, petrology and diagenesis focused on Tertiary rocks, modern coastal geology and modern coral reefs (W. Ramirez)

Crustal Deformation of Plate Boundary Zones using GPS geodesy (A. Lopez)

Earthquake relocations using Ocean Bottom Seismometers (A. Lopez)

Environmental Remote Sensing and GIS (F. Gilbes)

Karst hydrology, caves and solutional landforms; tropical geomorphology of the Caribbean (T. Miller)

Origin and evolution of the crust through the study of accessory mineral geochemistry, with an emphasis on: (1) reconstructing the Hadean-Archean history of the early Earth, (2) identification of ancient and eroded meteorite impact events in the geologic record (A. Cavosie)

Seismology and Plate Tectonics of the Caribbean (A. Lopez)

Stratigraphy of island arc sedimentary-volcano sequences (H. Santos)

The tectonic evolution of the Caribbean plate and its margins (J. Joyce, H. Santos)

Tsunami modeling, earthquake hazards and real time seismic network operations (seismometers, accelerometers, tide gauges, GPS and HF Radar) (V. Huerfano, C. von Hillebrandt, A. Lopez)

Volcanic hazards and monitoring in Central America, the Lesser Antilles, and Mexico (L. Rodriguez)

Volcano-atmosphere interactions (L. Rodriguez)





University of Puerto Rico

Mayagüez Campus

Geology Department
Call Box 9000 Mayagüez PR 00681
Phones: (787) 832-4040, x3845
Fax: (787) 265-3845