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Kennet E. Flores


Davis Scholar - Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences


  • Université de Lausanne, Ph.D., 2010
  • Université de Lausanne, DEA, 2006
  • Universidad de Costa Rica, Lic., 2003
  • Universidad de Costa Rica, B.S., 2002

Professional Interests

Dr. Flores is a geologist specializing in geodynamics of subduction zones and plate tectonics. He studies ophiolites, accreted oceanic crust and high pressure / low temperature (HP/LT) mélanges and belts, in order to understand the evolution of convergent margins. His primary focus is on collisions, obductions and exhumation events. As a field geologist, he applies various techniques, including structural geology, geochemistry, metamorphic petrology, geochronology and sedimentology, in order to develop geodynamic scenarios and plate tectonic models for fossil convergent margins. His other foci are the evolution and modeling of the plate tectonics of the Pacific Ocean including the Circum-Pacific convergent margins and the exhumation tectonics of HP/LT mélanges and belts around the world.

Selected Publications

  • Verard, C., Flores, K., and Stampfli, G., 2012. Geodynamic reconstructions of the South America – Antartica plate system. Journal of Geodynamics, 53 (2012): 43-60.
  • Bandini, A.N., Baumgartner, P. O., Flores, K., Dumitrica, P., and Jackett, S-J., 2011. Early Jurassic to Early Late Cretaceous radiolarians from the Santa Rosa Accretionary Complex (Northwestern Costa Rica). - Ofioliti, 36(1): 1-35.
  • Baumgartner, P. O., Flores, K., Bandini, A. N., Girault, F. & Cruz, D., 2008. Late Triassic to Cretaceous Radiolaria from Nicaragua and Northern Costa Rica -The Mesquito Oceanic terrane.- Ofioliti, 33(1): 1-19.
  • Bandini, A. N., Flores, K., Baumgartner, P. O., Jackett, S-J. & Denyer, P., 2008. Late Cretaceous and Paleogene Radiolaria from Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: a tectonostratigraphic application.- Stratigraphy, 5(1): 3-21.
  • Flores, K. & Denyer, P., 2005. Mapa geológico de la hoja Berrugate.- Rev. Geol. América Central, 32: 110.
  • Denyer, P., Montero, W., & Flores, K., 2005. Apuntes sobre la geologia de las hojas Golfo y Berrugate, Costa Rica.- Rev. Geol. América Central, 32: 99-108.
  • Flores, K., Denyer, P. & Aguilar, T., 2003. Nueva propuesta estratigráfica: Geología de la hoja Abangares, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.- Rev. Geol. América Central, 29: 127-136.
  • Flores, K., Denyer, P. & Aguilar, T., 2003. Nueva propuesta estratigráfica: Geología de las hojas Matambú y Talolinga, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.- Rev. Geol. América Central, 28: 131-138.

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2002-03 (Introduction to Geology, Stratigraphy, Geologic time scale)
  • Lecturer assistant, Université de Lausanne, 2006-09
  • Scientist teacher, NASA-AMNH Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), 2010-11


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