Dr. Marino Protti
He is the keynote speaker in the Opening Ceremony of the III International Conference on Higher Education. The title of his conference is "Capturing a large earthquake in the near field: an excellent example of international academic cooperation."
PhD. in Geophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz. USA (1994).
Marino Protti studies subduction processes that generate large earthquakes. He has focused his studies in the subduction segment of the Middle American Trench under the Nicoya peninsula in NW Costa Rica. There he contributed to build up a dense geodynamic monitoring network to record pre-, co- and post-seismic deformation associated to the Nicoya, September 5th, 2012 earthquake. In 1994 he descended to 4100 m below the sea level at the Middle American Trench, on board the submersible Alvin. He also took part, in 1996, of an ocean drilling leg off Nicoya peninsula. In 2013 he joined a WISSARD expedition to Antarctica where he contributed to the installation of seismic arrays and serviced a GPS network for tracking the Willams glacier movement.
Dr. Protti was Director of the Costa Rica Volcanological and Seismological Observatory at Universidad Nacional from 1986 to 1988 and from 1997 to 2002. He has organized more than 10 international workshops and scientific meeting in Costa Rica and abroad. He was awarded in 1996 with the National Price in Science Clodomiro Picado Twight and in 2002 with the Roberto Brenes Mesén Price to academic excellence by the National University.