A message from Dr. Jim Faulds, NBMG Director and State Geologist: “We are very pleased to welcome a very talented new research scientist to NBMG—Dr. Anieri Morales Rivera.”
Dr. Anieri Morales Rivera recently joined the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy within the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno as a geothermal research scientist. After earning her B.S. in Geology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, she received a King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship award to pursue an M.S. in Geology at Michigan Technological University. She then pursued a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Miami, where she provided research support funded by NSF and NASA to better understand volcanic systems through InSAR time series analysis and modeling of volcanic deformation. After her Ph.D., she worked as a geologist at Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
Dr. Morales Rivera is a geoscientist that enjoys multidisciplinary data integration. Aligned with her professional background, her research interests include a combination of subjects, including geothermal energy, subsurface characterization and modeling, petroleum geoscience, volcanology, remote sensing, and geophysics. She has conducted field work in Costa Rica to study passively degassing volcanoes and validate remote sensing techniques, made regional surface deformation analyses using satellite geodesy over Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and the Philippines, performed regional exploration analyses of oil and gas resources over the US Gulf Coast, and optimized development and production of natural gas resources over the US Gulf Coast.
Dr. Morales Rivera is very excited to join the NBMG, learn from and collaborate with a great group of professionals, and apply her multidisciplinary background to find new geothermal systems and reduce the geothermal exploration risk in the western U.S. through the Department of Energy funded INGENIOUS project, and to strengthen the capacity of foreign countries to develop their geothermal energy resources through a U.S. Department of State funded project.