Dr. Manuel R. Palacios-Fest
Founder of TNESR
Ph.D., Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson 1994
M.Sci., Geology, National Autonomous University of Mexico 1980
B. Sci., Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico 1975
Dr. Palacios-Fest is a late Quaternary micropaleontologist with research interest focused on the reconstruction of aquatic systems using invertebrates, calcareous and siliceous algae to determine environmental changes induced by climate change or human impact. His main areas of interest include the semi-arid American Southwest and those around the world. He has spent 30 years in reconstructing late Pleistocene and Holocene environmental records from the Chihuahuan Desert in Texas to the Mojave Desert and the Great Basin in Utah, Nevada and California. His experience has taken him to work in semi-arid regions of Argentina and Chile, and tropical areas in Tanzania, Burundi (Lake Tanganyka), and Costa Rica. Through his studies, Dr. Palacios-Fest, has reconstructed the dynamics of irrigation canal networks in Arizona.