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Geologist Esteban Gazel earns Top 40 under 40 accolade

December 11, 2014

Esteban Gazel
Esteban Gazel

Esteban Gazel, assistant professor of geosciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been selected by Costa Rica’s El Financiero newspaper--that nation’s leading business newspaper--as one of 40 people under 40 who have positively influenced the region.

Gazel, a native of Costa Rica, is the first geoscientist to receive the honor in the 19-year existence of the publication which focuses on in-depth coverage of issues related to economics, finance, business, and technology issues similar to that of The Wall Street Journal in the United States.

“If you are on this list in the fields of business, economics, industry, or policy, it’s a really big deal,” Gazel said. “And being the first geoscientist to make the list, makes this special for me.”

The paper cited Gazel’s rising trajectory in science from receiving the National Science Award of Costa Rica in 2009, to earning a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University for 2009-2011, through his current role at Virginia Tech.

Gazel’s recent research includes measuring the content of volatile elements within volcanoes and its implication in violent volcanic activity. In 2013, he received a three-year, $353,097 grant from the National Science Foundation GeoPrisms Program to work a James Madison University researcher to study volcanic activity in Virginia.

Gazel received his bachelor's degree from the University of Costa Rica and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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