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Organic Matter and Palynology

Palynology and organic matter is a research base line at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Estratigrafía IIES, and this is directed by Andrés Pardo Trujillo and Angelo Plata since 2009. His experience has allowed to develop various projects for the hydrocarbon industry, as well as projects of an academic nature that facilitate linking undergraduate and graduate students to research. Throughout these 11 years, various international links have been created with experts from different institutions, facilitating the consolidation of this research area and contributing to the objective of understanding the evolutionary history of tropical ecosystems.

Soy geólogo egresado del Departamento de Ciencias Geológicas de la Universidad de Caldas (Manizales, 1998), realicé mi M.Sc. en micropaleontología Vegetal (1997) y Ph.D. en Ciencias de la Universidad de Lieja (Bélgica, 2004). Desde 1989 he sido profesor del departamento de Ciencias geológicas de la Universidad de Caldas en diferentes asignaturas, tales como Sedimentología, Geología Regional, Palinología, Estratigrafía, Geología de Campo, Paleopalinología y Palinofacies…..

Soy Angelo Plata, un profesional en el área de Biología que ha encaminado su carrera a la investigación en micropaleontología aplicada a la industria del petróleo principalmente en el área de la palinología. He desarrollado trabajos en el Cenozoico y el Cretácico en algunas cuencas colombianas usando material de pozos exploratorios onsite/offsite y afloramientos. He trabajo en el área de las Palinofacies,  organofacies y en estimación maceral del kerógeno para el intervalos Cretácicos en Colombia durante mi estancia  en el Instituto Colombiano del Petróleo –ICP…..

I am a Geologist and an MSc in Earth Sciences from the University de Caldas (Colombia). My main interests are palynology and stratigraphy, although I also collaborate in other areas related to micropaleontology with some of my colleagues. My research projects involve palynological, stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental analysis in different Neogene units in central-western Colombia. This, besides other proxies, allows us to recognize the paleoflora and environmental conditions of these units over geological time.
Currently, I am investigating the application of convolutional neural networks (CNN) for the identification of general palynological groups. I belong to the IIES palynology group, and I am a member of the Research Group on Stratigraphy and Volcanology (GIEV) Cumanday.

I am an Agronomic Engineer from the Universidad de Caldas (Colombia), MSc in Biological Sciences from the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). My main interests are palynology, botany and micropaleontology. I belong to the IIES palynology group, and I am a member of the Research Group on Stratigraphy and Volcanology (GIEV) Cumanday.

I am a Geologist from the Universidad de Caldas (Colombia), My main interests include the study of fossil palinomorphs and their ecological and environmental implications, as well as the analysis of phytoliths in pre-Hispanic individuals. My research projects incorporate: The analysis of the Eocene paleoflora in the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin, and The bio-cultural reconstruction of the paleo-diet in populations of the Quimbaya period in the Chinchiná River Basin. Currently, I am a researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and I belong to the Palynology group at the Instituto de Investigaciones en Estratigrafía (IIES) of the Universidad de Caldas, where I also join as an MSc student in Earth Sciences.

I am a Geologist from the University of Caldas (Colombia) and MSc student in Earth Sciences at the same university. My main interests are Paleopalynology and Biostratigraphy. My research project involves the palynological analysis of Aptian-Albian amber deposits of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia and Oriente Basin of Ecuador. Currently, I am Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute of Panama and belong to the Instituto de Investigaciones en Estratigrafía (IIES) palynology group.

Plata, A., Bárcena, M.A., Vallejo, D.F., Trejos, R.A., Pardo-Trujillo, A., Flores, J.A., Sierro, F. 2018. First record of middle Miocene marine diatoms from the Colombian Pacific (NW South America) and their paleoceanographic significance. Marine Micropaleontology, 140, 17-32. Link

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