Meet our Titley Scholarship Recipients: Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia

Mauricio Ibanez-Mejia in a canoe on the Amazon

Days upon days of soaking wet clothes, aggressive mosquito swarms, hours of quietly floating down a river in a hand-carved wooden canoe followed by nights full of indigenous myths about the rise of the Andes and the formation of South America’s largest rivers.

The Amazon rainforest is a place loaded with mysticism and geological unknowns. In the past few years I’ve covered a significant portion of the Colombian Amazon, the Orinoco basin in southern Venezuela and the north Andean Cordilleran ranges studying their Precambrian basement and overlying Paleozoic basins.

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