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Gloria I. López

Country of origin: Colombia Currently in: Colombia, Medellín General field of specialization: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
Academic Background


2007 Doctorate Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
2002 Master Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
1993 Undergraduate Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences

• Quaternary geochronology, luminescence dating (OSL), luminescence signal as sedimentological proxy • Coastal geology, coastal processes & evolution, shoreline behaviour & morphodynamics, littoral sediment transport • Tsunami geology, palaeo- & modern tsunami deposits, neotectonics, palaeoseismology • Coastal hazards, marine extreme events, sea-level change, disaster risk reduction & management • Quaternary geology, geomorphology, landscape evolution, stone-lines, weathering processes, geo-indicators • Geoarchaeology • Sedimentology, mineralogy, petrophysics, multi-proxy analyses • Improving laboratory protocols & field methods, laboratory efficiency & organization • Problem-based learning (PBL) & education beyond the classroom

Research Keywords: 
Tsunami Geology
Coastal-Marine Hazards
Luminescence Dating
OSL Dating
Coastal Processes & Morphodynamics
Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions
Academic Service
Laboratory Methods & Administration

Publications resulting from Research: 


Mahan, S., Rittenour, T., Nelson, M.S., Ataee, N., Brown, N., DeWitt, R., Durcan, J., Evans, M., Feathers, J., Frouin, M., Heidari, M., Huot, S., Jain, M., Keen-Zebert, A., Li, B., López, G.I., Neudorf, C., Porat, N., Rodrigues, K., Sakai, S., Sawakuchi, A., Spencer, J., Thomsen, K., 2022. Guide for interpreting & reporting luminescence dating results. GSA Bulletin – Special Issue “Reporting & Interpretation of Geochronologic Data”. DOI: 10.1130/B36404.1

Giaime, M., Jol, H.M., Salmon, Y., López, G.I., Abu Hamid, A., Bergevin, L., Bauman, P., McClymont, A., Sailer-Haugland, E., Artzy, M., 2021. Using a multi-proxy approach to locate the elusive Phoenician/Persian anchorage of Tel Akko (Israel). Quaternary International 602, 66-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2021.06.008.

Moreno, D., Gutiérrez, F., del Val, M., Carbonelll, D., Jiménez, F., Alonso, M.J., Martínez-Pillado, V., Guzmán, O., Martínez, D., López, G.I., 2021. A multi-method dating approach to reassess the geochronology of faulted Quaternary deposits in the central sector of the Iberian Chain (NE Spain). Quaternary Geochronology 65, 101185. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2021.101185.

Gutiérrez, F., Moreno, D., López, G.I., Jiménez, F., del Val, M., Alonso, M.J., Martínez-Pillado, V., Guzmán, O., Martínez, D., Carbonell, D., 2020. Revisiting the slip rate of Quaternary faults in the Iberian Chain, NE Spain. Geomorphic & seismic-hazard implications. Geomorphology 363, 107-233. DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107233.

López, G.I., Goodman-Tchernov, B.N., Porat, N., 2018. OSL Over-Dispersion: a pilot study for the characterisation of extreme events in the shallow marine realm. Sedimentary Geology 378, 35-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2018.09.002 (Special Issue Sedimentary Evidence of Geohazards: Challenges & Advances).

Porat, N., López, G.I., Lensky, N., Elinson, R., Avni, Y., Elgart-Sharon, Y., Faershtein, G., Gadot, Y., 2018. Using portable OSL to obtain a time scale for soil accumulation & erosion in archaeological terraces, the Judean Mountains, Israel. Quaternary Geochronology 49, 65-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.04.001

Velasco, E.R., López, G.I., 2016. Marco Conceptual para Investigaciones Tsunamigénicas: Caso Litoral Pacífico Colombiano. Boletín de Geología 38, 79-106.

Rodrigues, K., Rink, W.J., Collins, M.B., Williams, T.J., Keen-Zebert, A., López, G.I., 2016. OSL ages of the Clovis, Late Paleoindian & Archaic Components at Area 15 of the Gault Site, Central Texas, U.S.A. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7, 94-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.03.014

López, G.I., Thompson, J.W. 2012. OSL & sediment accumulation rate models: understanding the history of sediment deposition. Quaternary Geochronology 10, 175-179. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2012.02.026

Ramírez-Herrera, M.T., Lagos, M., Hutchinson, I., Kostoglogodv, V., Machain, M.L., Caballero, M., Gogichaisvili, A., Aguilar, B., Chague-Goff, C., Goff, J., Ruiz-Fernández, A-C., Ortiz, M., Nava, H., Bautista, F., López, G.I., Quintana, P. 2012. Extreme wave deposits on the Pacific coast of Mexico: tsunamis or storms? A multi-proxy approach. Geomorphology 139-140, 360-371. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2011.11.002

López, G.I., 2011. Evidence for Mid to Late Holocene Palaeotsunami Deposits, Kakawis Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Natural Hazards, 60, 43-68 (Invited contribution to Special Publication “Tsunami Risk & Impacts on Coastlines”). DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9952-z

Preusser, F., Porat, N., Arnold, L., de Witt, R., Duval, M., Falguères, C., López, G., Reimann, T., Liping, Z., 2022. 16th International Conference on Luminescence & Electron Spin Resonance Dating, 13-17 September 2021. Editorial to Special Issue under the same title. Quaternary Geochronology 73, 101404. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2022.101404.

López, G.I. (Editor), 2012. Tsunami – Analysis of a Hazard: from geological interpretation to human impact. Open Access InTech, Rijeka (ISBN: 979-953-307-835-8) (DOI: 10.5772/2614).

López, G.I., 2016. Grain Size Analysis. In: Goldberg, P. & Gilbert, A. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Geoarchaeology. Series Title: Encyclopaedia of Earth Science Series, Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 341-348.

López, G.I., 2015. Tsunamigenic Sediments. In: Rink, W.J. & Thompson, J.W. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Scientific Dating Methods. Series Title: Encyclopaedia of Earth Science Series, Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 827-832 (DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6304-3_199).

López, G.I., 2015. Walther’s Law of Facies. In: Rink, W.J. & Thompson, J.W. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Scientific Dating Methods. Series Title: Encyclopaedia of Earth Science Series, Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 957-958 (DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6304-3_30).

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Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Feb 2023
McMaster University Bright Crowd
Celebrating 200 years of Geography & Geology at McMaster University (Canada) with the brightest alumni, teaching staff, professors. Special Digital Yearbook
Apr 2014
Durham University Fellowship Development Fund (UK)
Fellowship granted to write internationally-founded research proposals to be developed with Durham University and in the UK
Apr 2013
McMaster University Alumni Association “ARCH” Award (Canada)
Award given yearly to recent outstanding alumni

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