Dr. Maria Chapela Lara

Dr. Maria Chapela Lara
Haus E, Raum 329
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow

Deep EarthShape project

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

I am broadly interested in tropical weathering and the bio-geochemical cycling of mineral nutrients, which takes place in the critical zone, the ‘skin’ of the Earth that goes from the aquifers to the tree canopy.

As part of the Deep EarthShape project at GFZ, I investigate the role that climate and vegetation play on weathering processes along a latitudinal gradient in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera using various geochemical tracers.


Postdoctoral Research Associate: 2017-202. Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire.

NSF-Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory (LCZO).

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences. 2016. Dissertation: Controls on the Mg and water fluxes in a highly weathered tropical catchment over different spatial and temporal scales. Supervisors: Dr Heather L. Buss, Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann and Prof. Laura Robinson.

Masters in Earth Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 2011. Dissertation: Temporal variability in the heavy metal content of wastewater irrigated soils. Supervisor: Prof. Christina D. Siebe.


Earth Shape

Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory

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