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Ms Gaby Gomez

Ms Gaby Gomez


Tertiary education

  • 2010-12
  • (MSc) Earth Science - Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, México
  • 2004-09
  • (BSc) Biology - Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, México

Masters Research

2012: ”The Sierra de Mil Cumbres, Michoacan, Mexico: Transitional Volcanism between the Sierra Madre Occidental and the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt”

2009: ”The Villa Madero Caldera: Quaternary explosive volcanism in the Michoacan-Guanajuato Volcanic Field, Mexico”

PhD Research


Gaby Gomez
Laser scanning survey in the Upper Waikato Stream, southern Taupo Rift, New Zealand

“Structural control on volcanic vents, eruption mechansim and hazard analysis at the Tongariro Volcanic Centre, New Zealand”

In this study, I wish to address the outstanding issues in volcano-tectonic interrelationship in the context of Tongariro and Ruapehu Volcanoes. Also compile new and existing structural data (database) and try to reconstruct the rupture history of the main faults with paleoseismological and tectonic geomorphology methods. The knowledge that will be gained can help mitigate volcanic and earthquake hazards in the TgVC area, for example through probabilistic modelling of future vent activity in the context of regional faults, tectonics and volcanic evolution. The Tongariro Volcanic Centre is a unique location to study the interplay between volcanic and tectonic activity, because it contains an array of volcanic edifices of a variety of types and scales; has a continuous eruptive history from 275 ka to the present; and has an active fault pattern with clear geomorphic and geologic expression (Hobden et al., 1999). Further, this region contains two major stratovolcano systems that show contrasting structures (one with a restricted central vent region vs. another with dispersed/aligned vents) that appear to relate to subtle variations in tectonic regime. This area also occurs at the edge of a major extensional regime marking a transition from the TVZ to the north that is dominated by caldera systems (Ewart et al., 1975; Houghton et al., 1995; Wilson et al., 1995) to the stratovolcanoes of the south. The stability of this boundary and evaluation of future volcanism both north and south of it are of greatest relevance for volcanic forecasting in New Zealand and also help elucidate broader convergent margin volcanic processes.

Research Interests

Gaby Gomez
Fieldwork at Mangatepopo Valley, Tongariro Volcanic Centre, New Zealand
  • Tectonic geomorphology and landscape evolution
  • Paleoseismology and active tectonics
  • Structural control on calderas
  • Volcanic Rifts and extensional environments
  • Physical volcanology, hazard mapping and stratigraphy
  • Geological hazards assessment using GIS


  • Gómez-Vasconcelos, M. G., Garduño-Monroy, V. H., Macías, J. L., Layer, P. W., & Benowitz, J. A. (2015) The Sierra de Mil Cumbres, Michoacán, México: Transitional volcanism between The Sierra Madre Occidental and the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 301, 128-147.
  • Gómez-Vasconcelos, M. G., Pantoja, U. O., Garduño-Monroy, V. H., Hernández-Madrigal, V. M., & Layer, P. W. (2015) La Caldera de Villa Madero: Vulcanismo explosivo del Cuaternario en el Borde Sureste del Campo volcano Michochan-Guanajuato. Ciencia Nicolaita 65, 12-35.


Gaby Gomez
Puu Oo lava lake (2011 CSAV International Monitoring Training Course)
Gaby Gomez
Popocatepetl volcano from Iztaccihuatl volcano, central Mexico