Personal profile:

Mr. M. Sc. Ricardo Ruiz Monroy

Section 3.2: Organic Geochemistry

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Building B, room 455
14473 Potsdam
e-mail: ricardo.ruiz.monroy(at)


About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

I´m a PhD student in the International Training group "StRATEGy".
My primary research goal is to understand oil source properties for Yacoraite Fm in the Salta basin, Argentina. In this project different basic, detailed organic geochemistry and petrography analysis are combinig in the frame of  Basin Modelling to deconvolute burial and thermal histories integrating tectono-stratigraphic evolution and timing of major unconformities.

Research Interests:

I`m interested in organic geochemistry applied to:
- Paleoenvironment reconstruction.
- Combinig different approaches and tecniques e.g. organic geochemistry and clay minerals.
- Assess oil potential, it`s composition and chemical properies.
- Basin modelling to understand, anticipate chemical process taking place during geological time.


I`ve worked in geochemistry mainly at Gmas located in Bogotà, Colombia. What I did there was mainly related to organic petrography and measurement of vitrinite reflectance in both coals and shales. As well correlating those properties to rock eval analysis into the context of potential hydrocarbon assessment. On the other hand, as I like teaching, I did it at highschool level, being teacher of natural sciences.


Bacherlor: Chemistry licenciate
M. Sc: Sciences-Geology


StRATEGy is a binational project Argentina-Germany with the aim to better undertand Complex geological processes at different scales. It is divided eight interdisciplinary work packages where.  The one I'm working at has the chance to study these topic by using Multiple basin modeling techniques in relation with Georesources formation.

further information:

Research Boards and Committees:

- TSOP: The Society for organic Petrology
- ICCP:  International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology


Organic petrographer accredited in three ICCP`s categories:

- SCAP: Single Coal Accreditation Program
- DOMVR: Disperserd Organic Matter Vitrinite Reflectance
- CBAP: Coal Blend Accreditation Program