|Full Professor and Researcher; Director of the PhD Program In Earth Sciences|
Department of Earth Sciences, EAFIT University | Medellín, Colombia
Juan Darío Restrepo holds a PhD from the Marine Science Program at University of South Carolina. following on from his PhD, Dr. Restrepo has continued to carry out research in environmental oceanography of deltas, estuaries, and coastal lagoons waters, with focus on the factors controlling water discharge, sediment load, and dissolved load to the ocean from the Pacific and Caribbean rivers of Colombia. His research focuses on improving the understanding of the natural and anthropogenic causes affecting denudation rates and sediment transport to the Caribbean Sea from the largest fluvial system of Colombia, the Magdalena River. He has been head of the Magdalena River Science Initiative in Colombia, and is currently a full professor of Geological Sciences at EAFIT University, Colombia. Professor Restrepo has been involved as a resource scientist for the sub-programs of LOICZ-IGBP Basins, SAmBas (South American Basins) and CariBas (Caribbean Basins), as a member of the Scientific Steering Committees of LOICZ-IGBP and Colciencias (Colombia) in the Marine Science Program, and also, as a consultant of the International Water Project (United Nations University and Global Environmental Fund-GEF). He is one of the co-authors in the Coastal Communities and Systems and Caribbean Assessment Chapters of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and a visiting professor of the European Union in the Erasmus Mundus master program “Water and Coastal Management”. Currently, he is a visiting professor at University of Texas in Austin (2011-present), a visiting scientist at University of Colorado in Boulder (2009-present), member of the Colombian Academy of Sciences, resource scientist of the PAGES-GLoSS Program (Global Soil and Sediment Transfers in the Anthropocene) and director of the Doctorate Program in Earth Sciences at EAFIT University. Recently, Professor Restrepo was awarded with Mention of Honor in Environment and Sustainable Development Award of Colombia “Alejandro Ángel Escobar” for his research on the IDRC-International Development Research Center of Canada-EAFIT Project: “BASIC I:Basin Sea Interactions with Communities, Cartagena-Colombia”.
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Which of the three themes and four hotspots of Future Earth Coasts are you addressing with your work?
☐ Dynamic Coasts
X Human Development and Coasts
☐ Pathways to Coastal Sustainability
☐ Small islands
☐ Urbanization in coastal zones
☐ Arctic Coasts
X River-Mouth Systems, Deltas and Estuaries