Carolina Munoz-Saez
Carolina Muñoz-Saez

Assistant Professor
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno



• Ph.D. University of California Berkeley, 2016
• M.Sc. Universidad de Chile, 2007
• B.Sc. Universidad de Chile, 2005

Areas of Expertise

• Hydrothermal systems
• Volcanology
• Epithermal systems
• Andean Geology
• Mars analogs

Professional Work Experience

• 2021–present: Assistant Professor, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno
• 2017–2019: Postdoctoral Research, Geology Dept., Universidad de Chile
• 2020–2021: Postdoctoral Research, LDEO, Columbia University and College University of New York
• 2009–2010: Exploration Geologist, Pucobre Mining
• 2007–2009: Exploration Geologist, Geovectra Consultants
• 2005–2007: Geothermal Exploration, Fundacion Chile

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

Montecinos-Cuadros, D., Diaz, D., Munoz-Saez, C., Yogeshwar, P (2021). Electromagnetic
characterization of the shallow structures of El Tatio geothermal field (Central Andes, Chile) using
TEM. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.
Reed, M.H., Munoz-Saez, C., S. Hajimirza, S.-M. Wu, A. Barth, T. Girona, M. Rasht-Behesht, E.B.
white, M.S. Karplus, S. Hurwitz and M. Manga (2021). The 2018 reawakening of Steamboat,
Yellowstone National Park, the world’s tallest geyser, Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, vol. 118, e2020943118.
Munoz-Saez, C., Perez-Nunez, C., Martini, S., Vargas-Barrera, A., Reich, M., Morata, D., and Manga,
M., 2020. The Alpehue geyser field, Sollipulli Volcano, Chile. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal
Wilmeth, D., Nabhan, S., Myers K., Slagter S., Lalonde, S., Sansjofre, P., Homann, M., Konhauser, K.,
Munoz-Saez, C., Van Zuilen, M. 2020. Depositional evolution of an extinct sinter mound from
source to outflow, El Tatio, Chile. Sedimentary Geology
Munoz-Saez, C., Manga, M., Hurwitz, S., Slagter, S., Churchill, D.M., Reich, M., Damby, D. and
Morata, D., 2020. Radiocarbon dating of silica sinter and postglacial hydrothermal activity in the El
Tatio geyser field. Geophysical Research Letters, p.e 2020GL087908.
Gong, J., Myers, K., Munoz-Saez, C., Homann, M., Rouillard, J., Wirth, R., Schreiber, A., Van Zuilen,
M., 2020. Formation and Preservation of Microbial Palisade Fabric in Silica Deposits from El Tatio,
Chile. Astrobiology. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2019.2025
Slagter, S., Reich, M., Munoz-Saez, C., Southon, J., Morata, D., Barra, F., Gong, J., Skok, J. R., 2019.
Environmental controls on silica sinter formation revealed by radiocarbon dating. Geology, 47(4),
Ardid, A., Vera, E., Kelly, C., Manga, M., Munoz-Saez, C., Maksymowicz, A., Ortega-Culaciati, F.,
2019. Geometry of geyser plumbing inferred from ground deformation. Journal of Geophysical
Munoz-Saez, C., Manga, M. and Hurwitz, S., 2018. Hydrothermal discharge from the El Tatio basin,
Atacama, Chile. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 361, pp.25-35.
Namiki, A., Ueno, Y., Hurwitz, S., Manga, M., Munoz-Saez, C., and Murphy, F., 2016. An experimental
study of the role of subsurface plumbing on geothermal discharge. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.
Munoz-Saez, C., Saltiel, S., Manga, M., Nguyen, C. and Gonnermann,
H., 2016. Physical and hydraulic properties of modern sinter deposits: El Tatio, Atacama. Journal of
Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 325, pp.156-168.
Munoz-Saez, C., A. Namiki, and M. Manga, 2015. Geyser eruption intervals and interactions:
examples from El Tatio, Atacama, Chile, Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 120, doi:
Munoz-Saez, C., Manga, M., Hurwitz, S., Rudolph, M., Namiki, A., Wang, C., 2015. Dynamics within
geyser conduits, and sensitivity to environmental perturbations: Insights from a periodic geyser
in the El Tatio geyser field, Atacama Desert, Chile. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research,

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