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Northern Karst Belt from Cueva Ventana, Arecibo, P. Rico (Picture by P. A. Llerandi-Román)
¡Saludos! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geology at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, Michigan U.S.A.

I was born and raised in the coastal plains and spectacular karst terrain of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, one of the oldest cities in the Americas. After graduating from high school in Arecibo I moved to the city of Mayagüez to complete a B.S. and M.S. in Geology at the University of Puerto Rico. In 2007, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Earth Science Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Krockover. 

I love science, outdoor activities, and traveling.  I am also interested in worldwide issues related to scientific discoveries, science dissemination, culture, education, and politics.  

Miriam Soto-Santiago and I are the proud parents of Yulaiza, Katsí, and Sebastián; their exemplary life, positive attitude, and significant achievements strengthen and inspire us and the rest of our family and friends.

View of the Northern Karst Belt and Río Grande de Arecibo from 

Cueva Ventana, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Picture by P. A. Llerandi-Román.


  • Recent Awards / Grants Faculty Scholar Dissemination Grant - Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, Grand Valley State University: Funding to support presentation at the Geological Society of America, SE section meeting in San Juan ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2013, 11:56 AM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
  • Recent publications Laó-Dávila, D. A., Llerandi-Román, P. A., & Anderson, T. H. (2012). Cretaceous-Paleogene thrust emplacement of serpentinite in southwestern Puerto Rico. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 124(7-8 ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2013, 11:46 AM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
  • Recent presentations (students*) *Perison-Parrish, E. M., *Runyan, R. M., *Siemer, K. W., Jackson, C. W. Jr., Bush, D. M., Llerandi-Román, P. A., & Neal, W. J. (2012, November).  A modified coastal vulnerability ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2013, 4:40 PM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
  • Activities - semester of January-April 2013 1. Field trip to Mammoth Cave, KY with GEO 202 class (21-23 February, 2013). 2. Geological Society of America, SE section meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico (20-21 ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2013, 11:47 AM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
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Geoscience dissemination blog 

I am the coauthor and coeditor (with Daniel Laó-Dávila) of the geoscience dissemination blog: Ciencias Terrestres, Geología y Puerto Rico; here is a link to an interview about the blog, conducted by Shelley Irwin (WGVU): http://www.wgvu.org/wgvunews/audio/fplayer1.cfm?styid=15674


P. A. Llerandi-Román teaching at Hawn State Park, Missouri. Picture by Shannon McTear.

I was hired by GVSU in 2007 after graduating from Purdue.  Most of my teaching time is devoted to preservice science teacher courses in the Integrated Science Program (ISCI).  I also teach Geology and Earth science courses for majors and general education students. Some of the most recent courses include:

SCI 225: Integrated Life (and Earth) Science for K-8 Teachers (Designed for non-science elementary education majors, the theme is Global Climate Change)

GEO 100: Environmental Geology (Introductory course open to all majors) 

GEO 111: Exploring the Earth (Introductory course open to all majors)

GEO 201: The Geosphere for K-8 Preservice Teachers (Integrated Science)

GEO 202: Exploring the Hydrosphere (Integrated Science)

GEO 315: Geological Field Methods (Geology) 

GEO 319: Earth Science in Secondary Education (Earth Science)

Pablo teaching at Hawn State Park, Missouri, U.S.A. Picture by Shannon McTear. 


My main research interests are related to field-based geoscience education, geoscience teacher education, and the geology of Puerto Rico. Emerging research interests include coastal geology, global change and geohazards education, and geoscience dissemination.
Inservice teacher geoscience education research, Quebradillas, 2006. Picture by P. A. Llerandi-Román.

I am planing a sabbatical leave in Puerto Rico during the academic year of 2013-2014. Sabbatical projects will be related to coastal science/global change education, field-based geoscience education, and the geology of SW Puerto Rico.  More information will be posted during the summer.

Contact information:  

    • 131 Padnos Hall of Science, One Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401-9403 (U.S.A.)
    • Phone: (616) 331-2779(office); Fax: (616) 331-3740

Inservice teachers examining an outcrop in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico 
during one of Pablo's geoscience education research projects. 
Picture by P. A. Llerandi-Román (2006).

This website is under construction, I'll be updating the existing pages and adding new materials, links, and documents throughout the year.  Please contact me (Pablo) at: llerandp@gvsu.edu if you have questions. 
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