Kennet E. Flores

Research Associate

​Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences 
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street 
New York, NY 10024-5192 U.S.A.
​Email: kflores@amnh.org
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Assistant Professor

Dept. Earth and Environmental Sciences 
Brooklyn College, The City University of New York
2900 Bedford Avenue 
Brooklyn, N.Y 11210 

Email: ​keflores@brooklyn.cuny.edu

 


 EDUCATION

​2006-2010    Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
Ph.D. in Geosciences and Environment (06.2010)
Thesis: Mesozoic oceanic terranes of southern Central America - Geology, Geochemistry and Geodynamics
Committee: P.O. Baumgartner, G.M. Stampfli, L.P. Baumgartner, J. Escuder-Viruete and J. Pindell.


2004-2006    Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
DEA in Earth Sciences (03.2006)
Thesis: Jurassic-Late Cretaceous oceanic crustal terranes and arc-derived sediments south Chortís Block (NE Nicaragua to NW Costa Rica). Preliminary results of two key areas: Nicoya Peninsula and Siuna District. (DEA requires 1.5 years and it is equivalent to a M.Sc. degree).
Supervisor: P.O. Baumgartner


2002-2003    Escuela Centroamerica de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Lic. in Geology (09.2003)
Thesis: Tectono-stratigraphic structure of the northern region of the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica. Thesis with honors (License requires 1-2 years after the B.Sc, and it is equivalent to a M.Sc. degree).
Supervisor: P. Denyer


1998-2002    Escuela Centroamerica de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
B.Sc. in Geology (06.2002)
Undergraduate thesis: Geology – Volcanology of the Borinquen-Las Pailas geothermic field (Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Costa Rica) 
Supervisor: G.E. Alvarado




PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE


Jan 2015-    Dept. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Assistant Professor

2011-2015    Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History
Postdoctoral research and education fellow/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Postdoctoral associate research scientist 

2010-2011     Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History
SNSF Postdoctoral fellow

2004-2010     Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie, Université de Lausanne
Teaching assistant: Introduction to Earth Sciences, Sedimentology I and II, Structural Geology, Integrated approach to study igneous and metamorphic rocks, Seminar in Earth Sciences, Structural Geology and Sedimentology Field Camp

​2003-2004     Institut de Géologie et Paléontologie, Université de Lausanne
Exchange student

2003        Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Invited geologist in a marine biology expedition along the Pacific Ocean and Chiriquí Gulf islands in Panama

2003        Escuela Centroamerica de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica
Lecturer: Introduction to Geology, Tectonic, and Historical Geology

1999-2002    Escuela Centroamerica de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica
Teaching assistant: Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Stratigraphy, Structural Geology, Geochemistry, Field Camp I and II, Tectonic, and Historical Geology
Responsible for the University’s collection of rocks and minerals




LABORATORY EXPERIENCE


Excellent polarized petrographic microscope skills for mineral and rock determination


Sample preparation, clean laboratory digestion and wet-chemistry for the methods described below



High-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and in-situ Laser Ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS) for trace and rare earth elements in bulk rocks and minerals


Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) and Multi collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) for radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Rb, Sm, Nd, Lu and Hf) in bulk rock and minerals


X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer for bulk rock major and trace-elements data determination


Electron Probe Microanalyser (EMPA) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM) for mineral chemical composition determinations and imaging


Sensitive high resolution ion micro-probe reverse geometry (SHRIMP-RG) and Laser ablation microprobe inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LAM-ICP-MS) for U-Pb dating of zircons


X-ray diffraction (XRD) for mineral and crystalline substances identification




SERVICE AND SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES



2009-Pres.    Journal Reviewer: Lithos (Elsevier), Tectonics (AGU) and Journal of Geological Society (Geological Society of London)

2010-Pres.    English - Spanish scientist consultant, Earth and Astro sections of the American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins

2010-Pres.    Scientist teacher and mentor, Geodynamic Earth, Geochemistry and Mineralogy sections, Youth Initiatives programs of the Department of Education, American Museum of Natural History

2012-Pres.    Earth and Planetary Sciences expert for the ID day at the American Museum of Natural History
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2012    Field Trip leader to the Guatemala Suture Zone NSF-founded fieldtrip to the Motagua Valley, Guatemala