Dr. Fernando Poblete

Research interest


      - Margin evolution and its influence in paleogeographic reconstruction.
      - Continental margin deformation during oroclinal bending.
      - Integration of paleomagnetism and magnetic anisotropy with structural geology.
      - Relation between climate and mountain building


My areas of interest encompass paleomagnetism, plate tectonic reconstruction and continental margin deformation during oroclinal bending. During my master thesis I did a palaeomagnetic sampling in Antarctica to investigate the relation between the Antarctic Peninsula and Patagonia (Poblete et al., 2011). During my Ph.D., I focused in the understanding of the evolution of the Patagonian Orocline and its significance in the paleogeographic reconstruction of the Antarctic Peninsula and Patagonia (Poblete et al., 2014; Poblete et al., 2015).
Orogenic uplift has been interpreted as the ultimate cause of many climatic changes, as for example, the Central Andes and Himalayas (Garreaud et al. 2010; Molnar and Rajagopalan, 2012). In the other hand, the influence of climate inputs in the building of orogens has also been emphasized (Whipple, 2009). Thus, Understanding mountain building mechanisms and their relation to climate inputs are critical for understanding Earth dynamics. Currently I focus my research in the relation between climate and tectonic using southernmost South America as a natural laboratory.
Despite I have dedicated my research to the study of the Antarctic Peninsula and Southernmost Patagonia, I am also interested in the possibility of extending (and contribute with) my research experience to other regions.

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