Kennet E. Flores
Dr. Flores explaining the tectonic scenario necessary for the exhumation of HP/LT mélanges and their plate tectonic implications to group of Central American geology students in western Guatemala.
Low tide sand bar at Paloma Island in the Gulf of Nicoya (Costa Rica) near Dr. Flores home village.
Low tide sand bar at Paloma Island in the Gulf of Nicoya (Costa Rica)
near Dr. Flores home village.
Dept. Earth and Environmental Sciences
Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, N.Y 11210
Dr. Kennet E. Flores was born in Costa Rica and grew up in a small village near the historical town of Nicoya in the Nicoya Peninsula. “Growing up in area surrounded by the Pacific Ocean with their white and black sand beaches, and the Nicoya Gulf with their ever green mangroves and rivers was amazing. The landscape of my home town is so unique, long flat savannas cut off by isolated hills, few mountain ranges, rivers and creeks. As kids we always explored our outskirts, we explored the hills, the rivers and the mangroves. I learned to swim in a river with crocodiles nearby! I think this early contact with nature was the starting point of my passion for science.” Kennet recalls
At the age of 14, Kennet moved to the city of San Jose (Costa Rica), where he attended high school and college. Moving in the same direction of the emerging country he attended to competitive Technology and Engineering Catholic High School. However, at the end of high school he surprised his family and friends when he decides to shift gears and enrolled in geology program in college. “I remember my father trying to convince me that maybe I was making the wrong decision going for a science degree instead of an engineering one. But my love for science was too strong, I was sure that I wouldn’t regret it!” In 2003, he got a Bachelors and Licentiate degrees in Geology from the University of Costa Rica. Consequently, he moved to Europe for a one-year international exchange student program but he ended up enrolled in a graduate school program at Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. Where he received a PhD degree in Geosciences and Environment in 2010.
Dr. Flores is a geologist specializing in plate tectonics and geodynamics of subduction zones. 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 focused on collisions, obduction and exhumation events. He is a self-proclaimed field regional geologist who applies various techniques, including structural geology, geochemistry, metamorphic petrology, geochronology and sedimentology, to develop geodynamic scenarios and plate tectonic models for fossil convergent margins. Most of his field research has been focused on Central American accretionary prisms; obducted, accreted and/or collided ocean floor; ultramafic bodies; and HP/LT mélanges and belts. Most of this research has been focused on Guatemala and Nicaragua but Kennet has also led research and fieldtrips in the Alps, Greece, California, Burma, Indonesia and the Caribbean region. 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.