Academic Background

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California Riverside
Prof. Timothy Lyons Biogeochemistry Group (NASA Astrobiology Institute)





Doctor of Philosophy in Geological Sciences at University of California Riverside with dissertation titled: “Sensitivity of classic and novel proxies to Oxygen Minimum Zone variability of the Eastern Tropical North Pacific“. Advisor: Timothy W. Lyons.

Master of Science with Honors in Marine Resource Management at Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas – Instituto Politécnico Nacional (La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico) with the thesis titled: “Geochemistry of settling particulate matter and recent sediments of Alfonso Basin, La Paz Bay”. [PDF]

Bachelor of Science in Geology at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico) with the thesis titled: “Application of multivariate statistical methods in determining sediment contribution sources. Case study of La Paz Lagoon, B.C.S., Mexico”. [PDF]


  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (University of California Riverside)
  • University of California Riverside Dean’s Honor List: 2013-2019
  • “Presea Lázaro Cárdenas 2012” National Award (Gold medal handed by the Mexican president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa in the “Los Pinos” Official Residence, awarded by “Instituto Politécnico Nacional” – National Polytechnic Institute) [Press]
  • Best Academic Performance as a Master’s Degree Student (Awarded by “Instituto Politécnico Nacional” – National Polytechnic Institute)
  • Special Recognition for the Quality of Bachelor’s Degree Thesis (Awarded by “Unión Geofísica Mexicana” – Mexican Geophysical Union) [Press]


Awards Ceremony at the Los Pinos Presidential Residence in Mexico City 

 Fellowships and Grants


  • Fully funded participation in the Dissertations Symposium in Chemical Oceanography (DISCO) 2018 held in Kona, Hawaii (Granted by NSF and NOAA)
  • Selected as one of the scholars for a fully funded participation in the Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology 2016 held in Urbino, Italy (Granted by NSF)
  • UC MEXUS – CONACYT Doctoral Fellow: 2013-2018 (Granted by CONACYT and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States)
  • Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award (Granted by University of California, Riverside)
  • One of the ten scholars selected for the fully-funded 8-month program at the Center of Excellence in Observational Oceanography at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Year 5 2012-2013 (had to decline due to Ph.D. offer)
  • National Postgraduate Studies Fellow: 2010-2012 (Granted by CONACYT)
  • Institutional Program for the Formation of Researchers 2010-2012 (Granted by SIP-COFAA-IPN)


  • Grant for Dissertation Research 2016 (Granted by UC MEXUS) [Details]
  • Participant: Underwater geothermal resources in the North of the Gulf of California (Granted by FONCICYT fund for EU – Mexico cooperation) [Details]
  • Several travel grants funded by the following organizations and institutions: UABCS, CICIMAR-IPN, COFAA-IPN, GSA-UCR, AGU, CERF, NSF, NOAA, IAEA, USSSP/IODP

 Teaching Experience

Lecturer (University of California Riverside):

  • GEO 157 – Introduction to Geographical Information Science (Spring 2019)

Teaching Assistant (University of California Riverside):

  • GEO 002 – Earth’s Climate Through Time (Winter 2017, 2018, 2019)
    • Instructor: Timothy W. Lyons
  • GEO 003 – Headlines in the History of Life (Spring 2016, 2017)
    • Instructor: Mary L. Droser
  • GEO 157 – Introduction to Geographical Information Science (Fall 2016, Spring 2018)
    • Instructor(s): Andy Ridgwell, Emily Haddad, Doug Mende

Workshop and Training Course Instructor:

  • Overview of Practical Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Interdisciplinary Research (University of California Riverside; May-June, 2018)

 Research Workgroups

  • EDGE Institute: Lake Cahuilla Research Coalition (Student participant) [Details]
  • ICDP-IODP Expedition 364 Chicxulub Impact Crater (External collaborator)
  • GEOTRACES Latin America (Student participant) [Details]
  • PALEOMAR: Proyecto de Perforación de Registros Paleoclimáticos Marinos (Student participant)
  • Cuenca Alfonso Time-series Station

 Volunteering and Professional Service

  • Volunteered at organization committees of several conferences: Goldschmidt, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium, among others
  • Organizer of the special session “Pop-up talks” at Goldschmidt 2019 conference [Details]
  • Organizer of the special session “Pop-up talks” at Goldschmidt 2018 conference [Details] [Video]
  • Planning committee of university-wide outreach event “Fiesta Familiar: Explorando la Ciencia Juntos” for the Spanish-speaking community of Riverside, California [Details]
  • Earth Science Department “Hewett Club” Seminar Series (Representative and Organizer: 2015-2016)
  • Earth Science GSA, University of California Riverside (President: 2016-2017)
  • Peer-reviewed articles for Nature (Springer Nature), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (Elsevier), Marine and Petroleum Geology (Elsevier), Chemical Geology (Elsevier), Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica (Springer), Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (AGU), The Holocene (SAGE), and Boletin de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana (UNAM)

Konstantin Choumiline