Researcher, Water Center for Latin American and the Caribbean. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico
I was born in Venezuela, on October 29, 1974. I finished the B.S. Program in Chemistry at the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela, on 2002. I began working in 2003 in the Guayana Hydrobiological Research Station, Venezuela, as Head of the chemistry laboratory. I finished the Doctoral studies at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain (2011). The Doctoral Thesis was related with the spatio-temporal variations of dissolved elements in the Orinoco River. I began to work in the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC) on 2012, working with the monitoring of heavy metals in biological matrices. From 2014 to 2015, I did a stay in the Loja National University (Ecuador) as Researcher, working in the impact of small-scale gold mining activities on rivers, biota and humans. From 2016 until date, I work as Researcher in the Water Center for Latin American and the Caribbean of Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico.
Water Research. Environmental Chemistry. Behavior of organic and inorganic compounds in wastewater, groundwater and superficial waters (rivers, lakes, estuaries). River Geochemistry. Biogeochemical cycle of major and trace elements in the environment. Behavior of organic matter in river systems, estuaries and highly polluted aquatic environments. Metal interactions. Isotope Geochemistry. Sediment Geochemistry (marine, lacustrine and riverine sediments). Impact of industries and small-scale gold mining activities on aquatic environments. Human risk assessment of high heavy metal concentrations in water, sediment and soils.