About me

I am a geophysics PhD candidate that likes seismology, volcanoes and exploration geophysics.

Among other things, I want to understand how active volcanoes work: Is their seismic behavior intrinsically different than in other places? What do volcanoes do when they are not erupting? What do they do when they are erupting? Are some volcanic eruptions predictable? And once a volcano is undergoing an eruption, how do we know when is it going to end?

I am also very curious about what is underneath the ice and permafrost of Antarctica and how those hidden geological features may affect the cryosphere.

I obtained my bachelor degree in geophysics engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2014.

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  • R. Garza-Giron, FR. Zuñiga. (2014) Distribución espacial del valor b debajo del Volcán Popocatépetl y su relación con la estructura de la cámara magmática. (Tesis de licenciatura) en Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México. Recuperado de https://repositorio.unam.mx/contenidos/428928 [link]
  • Garza‐Giron, R., Brodsky, E. E., & Prejean, S. G. (2018). Mainshock‐Aftershock Clustering in Volcanic Regions. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(3), 1370-1378. [link]
  • Cruz-Atienza,V.,Tago,J.,Villafuerte,C.,Wei,M.,​Garza-Girón,R.​,Dominguez,L.,...& Kazachkina, E.(2021).Short-Term Interaction between Silent and Devastating Earthquakes in Mexico.Nature Communications.https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22326-6.[link]
  • Villafuerte, C., Cruz-Atienza, V., Tago, J., Solano-Rojas, D.,​Garza-Girón,R., Franco, S.​, Dominguez, L.A., Kostoglodov, V.(2020)..Slow slip events and megathrust coupling changes reveal the earthquake potential before the 2020 Mw 7.4 Huatulco, Mexico, event.Earth and Planetary Science Letters.​InReview​.
  • Denys Grombacher,Esben Auken,Nikolaj Foged,Thue Bording,Neil Foley,Peter T. Doran,Jill Mikucki,Hilary A. Dugan,​Ricardo Garza-Giron​,Krista Myers,Ross A. Virginia, and Slawek Tulaczyk.Induced polarization effects in airborne transient electromagnetic data collected in the McMurdo Dry Valleys,Antarctica.Geophysical Journal International.​InReview​.

Field work

Here is a list/gallery of some of the field work that I have done for different projects


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