UMaine Grad Student Wins Prestigious Research Award

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ORONO — University of Maine doctoral student Juan Luis Garcia has earned the Geological Society of America’s prestigious J. Hoover Mackin Student Research Award.  That society’s Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division provides the annual award.

Garcia is a native of Chile studying in UMaine’s Dept. of Earth Sciences.  He originally came to UMaine as part of the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright educational exchange program.  Garcia also won a fellowship from the Organization of American States.

The new award will support Garcia’s research on the glacial and climate history of  the Torres del Paine region in southern Chile. His research will provide estimates of paleoclimate variability and the environmental conditions for early human development in Southern South America, in addition to the past climate context prior to 20th century and 21st century glacier changes.