Science Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Yomayra A. Roman-Colon got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
During my first year of graduate studies recruiters from U.S. Geological Survey visited the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez with the purpose of bringing students from all different science-oriented fields to do research with current projects that were developing in the science programs.
 
Experience
One of the best experiences working with the U.S. Geological Survey was having the opportunity to do research in a professional environment with highly experienced scientists. In addition, I visited different areas around United States to perform field studies and I could meet other intern students from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines.
 
Yomayra A. Roman-Colon's accomplishments
In my first year working for the U.S. Geological Survey I developed spatial distribution maps to quantify the total emissions of CO2 from coal fires in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. This research project gave me my first publications as a co-author in different scientific journals. In addition, I had the opportunity to travel as a field assistant for an ongoing project monitoring atmospheric mercury deposition in Acadia National Park, Maine. During my consecutive years working for the Eastern Energy Resources Program I have been creating a geochemical and isotopic database of the Appalachian basin for the states of Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. I generated graphs and digitized maps on shapefile format of gas samples. In 2010 I presented a poster of this project at the Society of Organic Petrology (TSOP) 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
 
Yomayra A. Roman-Colon's next steps
At the moment I am in my last semester of graduate studies at University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. My master thesis is focused on apatite and zircon low-temperature thermochronology using (U-Th)/He dating method. The main purpose of this research is to better understand the tectonic evolution of the island arc by constraining the time and rates of exhumation of intrusive rocks across the island of Puerto Rico.
 
Hometown: Arecibo, Puerto Rico
School: University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus
Major: M.S Geology