Department: Geodinámica, Estratigrafía y Paleontología

Faculty: Ciencias Geológicas

Area: Internal Geodynamics

Research group: Tectonofísica aplicada


Doctor by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with the thesis Geodinámica del borde sur de las Antillas mayores orientales 2009. Supervised by Dr. Andrés Carbó Gorosabel, Dr. Alfonso Muñoz Martín.

My research activity started in 2005 with the PhD program on Geological Sciences in the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), and from then the research was intense and non-stop on geophysics, applied geophysics, tectonics, and marine geology. This activity was founded by 13 competitive scientific national and international projects (2.871.000€) and contracts with companies (330.000€). In the last four years I started leading several competitive projects as Principal Investigator and as Director of the Applied Tectonophysics Group of the UCM ( My research is based in a continued and well-consolidated international collaboration with USA and European research institutions. The bulk of the scientific contribution is collected in 26 publications in peer review journals, 5 book chapters and more than 100 participations in scientific meetings. The study areas are by order of importance the northern Caribbean, the margins of the Iberian Peninsula, Bransfield Strait (Antarctica) and Canary archipelago. During my research activity I have acquired notable skills in different geophysical methods as seismic reflection, gravity and magnetics. It is important to note the participation in 17 marine geophysical cruises (292 days) in the Atlantic, Antarctic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean waters. This participation was assuming different roles as member of work team, technical head, and scientific chief. During the last four years I was the co-PI of amphibious scientific project including simultaneous and non-simultaneous geophysical data acquisition involving more than 40 scientists and 10 national and international research institutions. Nowadays I am the co-PI of a project to carry out between 2023 and 2027 a multi-scale geophysical study of the northern Hispaniola offshore margin (oblique tectonics, strain partitioning and associated geological hazards) Regarding the science management can be noted to be the convener of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Hedberg Conference 2018 entitled “Geology of Middle America – The Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan, Caribbean, Grenada and Tobago Basins and Their Margins” with more than 60 international participants ( Also, I keep a regular activity reviewing manuscripts for scientific journals as Marine Geology, Tectonophysics, Tectonics, AAPG Bulletin, Global and Planetary Change, Minerals, Int. Jour. of Geophysics, Jour. of Iberian Geology among others, and reviewing scientific proposals for the Spanish Research Agency (EVALUA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of USA and National Fund for Scientific and Technological Innovation and Development (FONDOCyT) of Dominican Republic. Another important contribution to the science management is the participation in MSc and PhD examination panels.