In this section I would like to tell you how my relation with the geology world has been since I was a teenager.
My contact with geology began in the early 90's when I decided to buy a collection of installments about minerals which was sold in the kiosks. Certainly that collection fascinated me and provided me with great information, which brought me closer to geology.
In 1999 I started studying a Geology degree at the Complutense University of Madrid. In addition, that year I began to go to the A.S.A.M. (Association of Mineralogy Amateurs) excursions, where I learned a lot of geology and mineralogy issues with which I was able to complement my university studies in a significant way. Thus, I finally could visit many of the mineral deposits I knew from my loved mineral collection
With a change in the curriculum in the middle, I finished my degree in Geology in July 2004, with an academic specialty in Energetic and Mineral Resources. I completed the degree among the first 10 students of my year with a B average mark.
The following year, after thinking that it didn't make sense to work as teacher without having worked before (now, maybe, I would have considered it from other point of view) I decided to study a Master on Engineering Geology, at the Complutense University as well. They were two intensive years, with a lot of work, which ended with the submission of a master's thesis: “Analysis of the deep structure of the Hydrological System of La Mancha Oriental (Spain) trough the application of potential fields” (link to the poster in Spanish).
During the first year of the Master, besides, I did the Course on pedagogical Aptitude, since I’vealways loved teaching. I also began to work on weekends at the museum of the “Spanish Gological Survey” (I.G.M.E). I was working in that museum for more than three years. Certainly it was a pleasure being all those days in such a magnificent place, enjoying the excellent mineral and fossil collection which is there. Finally, I had to travel a lot on weekdays and I decided that I needed to rest on weekends.
Lastly, at the end of that academic year (2004/2005) something unusual happened. One of the professors of the master told me that there was a company looking for an intern geologist for that summer. I was the first and only student with whom that teacher talked (thank you Juan Miguel for giving me that opportunity). So that summer I did an internship. I had already worked as an intern for a month when I was in the fourth year of my geology degree, thanks to my professor of geological legislation. But I learned much more in that last internship (specially how to survive in the middle of Córdoba fields with a temperature of 40 ºC/ 104 ºF).
One day, during the second year of the master, a professor who had taught me sedimentary environments in the third year of the degree (José Ramón Mas Mayoral) called me at home. He wanted to know if I was interested in working for a private company in the sedimentological and diagenetic study of a basin in Soria (Spain). I really think that very few things have made me so happy as that phone call, more than three years after met Mr. Mas at class.
So when I finished the master I had a great job directed by one of the best sedimentologists in the world.
That job lasted little over a year. Afterwards, I found a job in a geotechnics company which work mainly on tunnel projects. I found that job thanks to my friend Luis Jordá, whom I will always remember together with his bother Rafael for that trip to Island with so many anecdotes.
After some months working with Fernando Gómez, one of the best geologists I have ever met (and a really good person, by the way),I received a phone call which changed many things in my future. Another company had talked with Mr. Mas about the necessity of a geologist for a CO2 storage project, and Mr. Mas had recommended me. After some days of negotiations, I finally decided to join that new project because it was more related to classical geology (geotechnics is fine, but the other project was more attractive).
Among CO2 storage projects, some geotechnics projects I had to do from time to time and some assistance in projects of geological digital cartography I was four years working, until the moment in which the sun stopped raising in the horizon (we can express that so). I mean the economic crisis.
Several years I have actively taken part in the organization and development of some public geological guided tours called Geolodías.
Moreover, I took part voluntarily with other organizations in the design and development of some geologic tours for different groups.
You can follow this link to see the list of geology and maps courses I have available.
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