Octavio Acuña Avendaño – PhD candidate, University of Toronto
Mariana geodynamics and hydrothermal systems
Octavio is studying the tectonism, magmatism, and hydrothermal venting in the Mariana back-arc. This framework is used to identify the lithospheric controls on magmatic-hydrothermal systems in the Mariana back-arc and how they affect the distribution, temporal evolution, and geochemical composition at local and regional scales.
Octavio finished his BSc at the University of Costa Rica in 2012 and his MSc at the University of Barcelona in 2018 before joining Melissa Anderson’s working group at U of T in 2019 and becoming a CREATE trainee. He has extensive industry and academic experience from his positions as a research assistant at the Research Center in Geological Sciences at the University of Costa Rica and as a wellsite geologist for the Geothermal Resources department of the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity where he monitored the lithology, mineralogy and alteration of deep well drilling projects between 2013-2018.