Tropical paleoclimate, geochemistry, paleoenvironment, and paleoaltimetry
Climate and tectonics relationship by using different techniques such as Biomarkers and stable isotopes. Right now, my biggest interest is in the Tropical Andes during the Cenozoic.
Lina started her PhD in the department of Geological Sciences at CU Boulder in August of 2016 with Prof. Julio Sepúlveda at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) in the Organic Geochemistry Group and Prof. Peter Molnar at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Her project focuses in the paleoclimate, evolution of vegetation and paleoelevation of the Tropical Andes during the Cenozoic. Originally from Colombia, Lina did her undergraduate studies at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá where her thesis developed the first structural characterization of the Azuero-Soná fault zone in the Azuero Peninsula of Panama under the supervision of Prof. Camilo Montes (Structural Geology and Tectonics Group).
- Outstanding student award, Association of Women Geoscientists Laramide, 2020
- Muneeb Kamal International Student of the Year Award, Office of International Education, 2019
- Beverly Sears Graduate Research Grant “Pliocene-Pleistocene climate in the Tropical Andes: a case of study in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia”, Graduate School at University of Colorado Boulder, 2019
- Honorable Mention Award of the Figueroa Family Fellowship, Graduate School at University of Colorado Boulder, 2018
- CIRES Graduate Student Research Award: “Pliocene tropical climate, mountain building, and the closure of Central American Seaway”, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), 2018
- XV Fondo Corrigan, Asociación Colombiana de Geólogos y Geofísicos del Petróleo (ACGGP) Corporación Geológica ARES, 2017
- Edward Fellowship: “Evolution of Pliocene-Pleistocene climate vegetation of the Tropical Andes”, Department of Geological Sciences, 2017
- Lewis and Clark Field Scholars: “Pliocene Paleoclimate of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia: An Analog for a future warm world”, American Philosophical Society, 2017
- CIRES Innovate Research Proposal: “Pliocene temperatures from the tropics: the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia”, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), 2017