Sofia Johnson-Gutiérrez

Graduate Student Researcher in Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry

Hi All, I am a graduate researcher in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State University working with Dr. Tanya Furman. My research focuses on understanding the metasomatic origins of xenoliths from the Katwe-Kikorongo Volcanic Field, Uganda. I use several investigation techniques, including petrographic observations, trace element data collection and diffusion models, to evaluate the types of metasomatic fluids that have interacted with the xenoliths.

Before starting at Penn State, I received a B.A. with high honors in Geosciences from Smith College in 2019. I am originally Nicaraguan-American but am fluent in English, Spanish and, Chinese due to my international upbringing. This global perspective has led me to be passionate about increasing diversity and inclusivity in the geosciences along with scientific outreach.