Capítulo estudiantil de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán

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Capítulo estudiantil de la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
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University National University of Tucumán
President Florencia Anahí Santillán
Faculty Advisor José Pablo López
Country Argentina
Status Active
Ranking Base

The SEG Student Chapter UNT is a group of students from the careers of geology; engineering in geophysics and geodesy; Surveying engineering; Civil Engineering and geography, from the National University of Tucumán, in Argentina. The Chapter was formed in 2019 after the Challenge Bowl that was organized in Tucumán.


Student Chapter

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists Student Chapter of the National University of Tucumán offers its members the opportunity to be part of diverse and interdisciplinary activities, which is possible thanks to the wide diversity among its members. Our activities include courses, webinars, conferences, forums, and so forth.

Events in 2021


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"Geoelectrics mixture of expertise and science" by Adrián Silva Busso and Mario Chury

In this Webinar, two presentations of 45 minutes each were shared. In the first module Mario Chury, an electrical engineer, teaches us the fundamental principles of geoelectrics and what are the electrical characteristics of materials, the resistivity of the rocks and the physical factors present in the subsoil that influence their value measured. He also explains the concept of apparent resistivity, the geometric characteristics of the different electrode devices, and the most widely used geoelectric prospecting techniques, such as the Horizontal electrical sounding (HES) and the Vertical electrical sounding (VES).

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After a short breaks of 15 minutes begins the the second module, in wich Adrián Silva Busso, doctor in geological sciences, introduces us to the interpretation of an aquifer as a water-rock binomial due to its resistive response. Adrián shows us the different criteria that can be taken into account when locating a VES and mentions the conceptual hydrogeological models, he also discusses the geoelectrical methods to study permafrost, soil mechanics, hypersaline zones, and others.

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"Soil vibration measurements and their applications" by Francisco Calderón

In this Webinar, Francisco Calderón, civil engineer, introduces us the physical fundamentals "vibration" and "frequency", the mathematical tool "Fourier transform" and the results of its use. Francisco shows us the different equipment used to measure ground vibrations (accelerometers, seismographs, geophones and radar) and develops the concept of seismic microzoning. At the end of his speech he details how, from a study of the vibrational frequencies of the subsoil, hidden lava tubes can be identified in it, based on a study work that he recently carried out in La Pampa, Argentina.


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"Geological and Seismic Characterization of Unconventional Reservoirs" by Karina Anis

In this Webinar, Karina Anis, Geophysical Interpreter in Non-Conventional at YPF SA, told us how reservoirs are classified and the most important differences between conventional and unconventional reservoirs. She explained the geological and seismic characterization of unconventional shale reservoirs, their global distribution and over the Argentine territory, giving as an example the particular case of the geological shale formation "Vaca Muerta", located in southern Argentina.

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"Seismic characterization techniques of reservoirs" by Laura Laguado Granado

In this Webinar, Laura Laguado Granado, Geophysical Engineer and Stimulation Engineer at YPF, told us how microseismic is related to the work carried out in the stimulation area, in charge of generating the designs to carry out the fractures and the monitoring of hydraulic stimulation and fracturing operations, and aspects of data acquisition, processing and interpretation with examples.

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"Relief analysis using geographic information systems" by Fernando Lebinson

This workshop, developed by Dr. Fernando Lebinson, CONICET postdoctoral fellow, was carried out in two weeks through asynchronous e-learning modality, comprising a total of 2 modules of 3 units each.

"Relief analysis using geographic information systems" is an advanced software training of QGIS completely free, ideal for geoscience students who took the "Introduction to QGIS" course, also taught by Fernando, or who already had knowledge of the program. Students who participated learned some of the tools provided by the software for terrain analysis using Digital Elevation Models (DEM).


"Introduction to QGIS" by Fernando Lebinson

This workshop, developed by Dr. Fernando Lebinson, CONICET postdoctoral fellow, was carried out in two weeks through asynchronous e-learning modality, comprising a total of 2 modules of 4 units each.

It was completely free and open to all undergraduate students or recent graduates interested in learning to handle the basic tools of QGIS, a free and open source Geographic Information System. This program provides a growing range of capabilities through its basic functions and add-ons. It allows you to view, manage, edit and analyze data and design printable maps.


"Google Earth and its applications in geosciences" by Fernando Lebinson

This short workshop, developed by Dr. Fernando Lebinson, CONICET postdoctoral fellow, was taught in 5 days through asynchronous e-learning modality, comprising a total of 2 modules of 4 units each.

It was completely free and open to all undergraduate students or recent graduates interested in learning to handle the basic tools of Google Earth, a free program that allows you to travel around the planet through satellite images. A good instrument for studying geology, geography, remote sensing, geophysics, environment and other sciences.

Other events

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Forum "Women in geosciences" - SEG Women’s Network Argentina Student Chapter

The participation of women in the development of science, in innovation and in the promotion of interdiscipline, are key to the scientific advancement of our time and we recognize that in recent decades women have gained more space in the scientific environment. The SEG UNT Student Chapter had the opportunity to collaborate in the SEG Women’s Network Argentina Student Chapter entitled: “Women in Geosciences” forum.

The event was led by the students María Fernanda Graneros from the National University of Tucumán and Natalí Alejandra Barría from the National University of Córdoba, in which the panelists, the professionals Ana Curcio and Raquel Villegas, shared their experiences both in the industry and in the investigation. The forum was a space for communication in real time, through a live broadcast on our YouTube channel, in which the students discussed and asked questions.

The professionals contributed their views regarding the female role in geosciences, around the problems of equity and inclusion in science and the progress made in recent years.

The objective of the forum was, in addition to promoting the work and research of Latina women in geosciences, to inspire future generations in Latin America to pursue careers related to, through academic events and distribution of information on education and job opportunities.

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Events in 2020

During 2020, the pandemic did not allow face-to-face activities, however, we exceeded our geographical limits thanks to "virtuality", connecting with professionals from different Latin American countries to carry out activities with a national and international call.



Cycle of conferences

This cycle of conferences consisted of four talks organized by the SEG and AAPG student chapters of the National University of Tucumán, National University of Córdoba, University of Buenos Aires and National University of the South between December 14 and 17, 2020; in order to generate a joint activity between the different chapters and involve the community interested in different topics related to geosciences: Climate Change, Remote Sensing, Geothermal Resources, Characterization of unconventional reservoirs.

Our student chapter was in charge of the conference "Exploration of geothermal resources - Study case: Pismanta (Province of San Juan)" by Rodolfo Christiansen, who presented an exploratory work of the low temperature geothermal system of Pismanta, in the Andes Centrals of Argentina and showed the need to characterize geothermal resources in the early stages of exploration before carrying out drilling activities.

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"The Moon, understanding our natural satellite" by Mauro Spagnuolo

In this Webinar, Mauro Spagnuolo, PhD and researcher at IDEAN (University of Buenos Aires-CONICET), explained important topics about lunar geology, starting from its formation, the history of the terrestrial natural satellite was reviewed,  geology and its surface features were related, with its internal and orbital evolution. In addition, the importance it has for the Earth and the different interactions between these two celestial bodies were addressed.

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"How to develop volcanic monitoring in Argentina?: The challenges in the creation of the Argentine observatory for volcanic surveillance of SEGEMAR" by Sebastián García

Argentina is a country who presents a complex situation regarding volcanic risk, where a total of 38 volcanoes are considered active. Although Argentina doesn’t have major cities near these volcanoes, the increase in economic activity and infrastructure near the Andean Cordillera will generate an increase in exposure to these dangers in the future. In addition, the volcanic activity on the border between Argentina and Chile makes a unique challenge relative to the monitoring of volcanoes and the management of volcanic emergencies worldwide. This is due to the fact that, as a result of the atmospheric circulation patterns in the region (from the west to the east), Argentina is exposed to the impacts of the ash and the dispersion of ash from the frequent explosive eruptions of Chilean volcanoes. In this conference, the geologist Sebastián García told us about the challenges carried out by the Argentine Geological Mining Service (SEGEMAR) in the creation of the Argentine Observatory for Volcanic Surveillance (OAVV). The first permanent volcanological observatory for the country.

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"Geophysics as an essential part in determining the outer limit of the Argentine continental shelf" by María Alejandra Arecco.

In this webinar, María Alejandra Arecco, PhD in geophysics from the National University of San Juan, showed us how the outer limit of the continental shelf was determined under the aspects of international maritime law norms and geological and geophysical aspects in the Argentine continental margin. To achieve this, filters were applied to the potential fields, gravity and magnetism, seismic interpretation and 2D gravimetric modeling.

This analysis supported the National Commission for the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf, whose work was presented in the presentation of the legal extension of the Argentine continental shelf on April 21, 2009 and was approved on April 17, 2017 in the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Sea.

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"Geophysical methods applied to geophysical investigations" by Julián Ramos

In this webinar about the study and geophysical exploration of groundwater, Engineer Julián Ramos presented four investigations carried out for hydrogeological purposes in different geological settings in Argentina and Uruguay, with sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, in which different geophysical prospecting methods were used, combined with geomatic techniques. In a groundwater survey, the main objective of geophysical exploration is to map the geological environment in which water can exist. Different methods are used to study, in general, the physical properties of the subsoil in an indirect way, which can later be interpreted in geological and hydrogeological terms.

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"From the Mountains to the Andes Mountain Range, passing through Antarctica. How much we can travel thanks to geology!" by Matías Barrionuevo

One of the great questions of a student about to finish his degree is what he can dedicate himself to, and many members of our chapter raised this question with us, that is why we contacted Matías Barrionuevo, an Argentine geologist widely experienced in the scientific field and oil industry, who thanks to geology he was able to work in the Andes, and in Antarctica.

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"Home Office Challenge: Adapting in Times of Crisis and Pandemic" by Karina Anis

During the first stage of the pandemic and isolation, the energy sector had to adapt to virtuality and the crisis, to find out how all these changes impacted the industry, we summoned Karina Anis, geologist and geophysical interpreter of NOC development at YPF to tell us about the organizational structure of the energy industry; the activities carried out in Argentina by YPF; the global crisis due to low demand during April 2020 (where for the first time in history the reference barrel WTI oil was quoted at a negative price) and the challenges of the “Home Office” method.

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First Latin American Forum: Geophysics, society and environment

The student chapters of SEG, AMGE (Mexican Association of Exploration Geophysicists), EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) and AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru organized, on Mondays and Fridays in June and July 2020, a series of webinars with different themes aimed at students and professionals from the most varied areas of science to increase student training, and spread the work of each chapter. The SEG Student Chapter UNT participated in the conference entitled "SEISMICS IN THE HIGH SEAS AS A TOOL FOR THE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT OF A COUNTRY" by Gabriel Olmedo. Geodetic and Geophysical Engineer from the National University of Tucumán. The webinar addressed issues related to the creation and evaluation of an offshore seismic project from a global perspective for the energetic development of a country.

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Mini Workshop "Applied volcanic seismology" by Daniel Basualto Alarcón

In this mini-Workshop, taught by Daniel Arturo Basualto Alarcón, PhD, students learned to identify and classify the different types of volcanic earthquakes, interpret seismic activity and determine possible alert changes for an active volcano, through the SWARM program.

It was presented in two modules with cases of volcanoes in Chile and the monitoring that was carried out on them.

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"Uses and applications of GNU octave" by Jorge Marcelo Durand

To introduce students to the use of programming tools and show the advantages they have in solving problems related to geosciences, engineering and scientific calculation, the workshop on USES AND APPLICATIONS OF GNU OCTAVE was developed, by Engineer Jorge Marcelo Durand. In this workshop, the students could know the use of these tools for advanced calculation, the basic but fluent handling of the software, becoming familiar with the syntax and the Octave programming language, and the creation of graphics for the analysis of solutions and visualization of results.

The workshop was carried out over 9 meetings, in which we had the participation of 12 students from the National University of Tucumán. The modality of the workshop was totally virtual, through classes in real time through the Google Meet platform, giving the possibility of answering doubts or questions at the same time.

Other events


First Virtual International Congress of Geology and Geophysics

CIVGEO 2020 was an online event that delivered lectures between July 23 and 25 and mini-courses in July and August. It was also a platform for the dissemination, promotion and discussion of scientific research linked to exploration, prospecting, strategies and updates in geology and geophysics. The event was supported by several SEG Student Chapters in Latin America who helped with the publicity and dissemination of the event. In return, they received free registration for chapter members and to be raffled off. Many members of the UNT student chapter were able to attend the event, and the steering committee presented their activities at a CIVGEO-related International Integration of American Student Chapters Summit.

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INSTAGRAM / YOUTUBE LIVE: "Universitary on trial" by Florencia Sarasola

Throughout university and pre-university life we ​​ask ourselves many questions: What will university life be like? What will life be like after college? That is why, with the intention of giving answers to these and more questions, we gave rise with AAPG La Plata Student Chapter to this Instagram / Youtube Live for all the public. Florencia Sararola is a geologist at the YPF company and with her full and energetic attitude she set out to answer the questions that boys and girls may have about the profession. We seek to collaborate by encouraging, through this talk, the dissemination of scientific careers, their importance and the role they have in today's world.

We open a door to let the curiosity of the spectators pass and generate more opportunities for the training of future geoscientists.

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Energy Switch Case Competition

Energy Switch Case is an international competition held by the Switch Energy Alliance that in 2020 was developed virtually. The objective of the competition was to challenge university teams to generate, through critical thinking and research, proposals for multidisciplinary solutions in the short, medium and long term to serious energy problems in different parts of the world, in order to seek a transition towards the energy future sustainable and equitable.

The SEG UNT student chapter presented its team formed by 3 advanced undergraduate students and a graduate student, from the geology career, who with the support of their mentor, Jack Trueblood, assigned by the Switch Energy Alliance, sought solutions that generate a significant change in the life of Haitians, Switch Energy Alliance sent 3 basic descriptions of the conditions of this country in an energetic emergency, and they proceeded to the investigation of this country in terms of energy, economy, socio-cultural, environmental, health aspects, among others. The team developed an energetic strategy on three levels:

-Short term through the implementation of briquettes and solar spheres.

-Medium term through the implementation of bioenergetic plants.

- Long term through the implementation of hydroelectric plants.

Finally, a plan was developed for each of the stages based on their feasibility, sustainability and adaptation to the Haitian way of life. They evaluated the impacts on different aspects of Haitian life in both urban and rural areas; and they calculated the financing, periodicity of development and the strategic points in which the project would be developed to benefit the largest possible number of population. In addition, alliance strategies that could be carried out to finance the country's energy growth.

All of this was presented in a final presentation video that was evaluated by international judges. The students had the opportunity to witness debates on energy problems and possible solutions, they met university students throughout the world and participated in energy debates representing Argentina and its problems. It was a very fruitful experience with a lot of growth on an academic and personal level.

Events in 2019



Other events

Challenge Bowl

In 2019, students from the Geophysical and Geodetic Engineering and Geology careers of the National University of Tucumán participated, remaining in second place at the national level.

Contact information

Position Name Email
Advisor José Pablo López [email protected]
Co-Advisor Florencia Sarasola [email protected]
President Florencia Anahí Santillán [email protected]
Vice-President María Jimena Graneros [email protected]
Secretary Ariana Dulci [email protected]
Treasurer Natalia Noemi Ortiz [email protected]
Logistics and Project secretary Evelyn Argiró [email protected]
Logistics and Project secretary Maria Fabiola Vilera Anuares [email protected]
Press and Media Secretary Luciana Sosa [email protected]
Press and Media Secretary Lourdes Curubeto [email protected]
Press and Media Secretary Aixa Asus [email protected]
Disclosure Secretary Gabriel Isa [email protected]
Disclosure Secretary Angela Urquiola [email protected]
Disclosure Secretary Joel Diaz [email protected]

Student Chapters