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David Hernández Uribe

Earth and Environmental Sciences


David Hernández Uribe is a Bridge to Faculty scholar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Illinois, Chicago. David was a former postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan and received his Ph.D. in Geology from The Colorado School of Mines in 2020. Prior to his Ph.D. David earned a Master’s degree in Geological Sciences at Central Washington University, and a B.S. in Geological Engineering (Licenciatura en Ingeniería Geológica) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

David's research centers on understanding the evolution of continents at convergent margins by constraining the timescales and magnitudes of heat and mass transfer within the lithosphere. His research involves the application of novel approaches in petrology such as thermodynamic modeling and petrochronology in tandem with fieldwork, mineralogy, petrology, and high-temperature geochemistry. Through his work, David explores how metamorphism controls the physico-chemical properties (e.g., densification, redox, and hydration state) of the subducting lithosphere, and evaluates its role in seismicity and magmatism in subduction zones. A secondary focus of David’s research centers on studying exhumed portions of the lithosphere to evaluate its evolution through time. The results of his research have been presented at numerous national and international conferences and in peer-reviewed high-profile journal publications including first-author articles in Geology, Journal of Petrology, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, and Scientific Reports.