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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 and faculty of the Integrated Science Program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, Michigan U.S.A.

I was born and raised on 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 publications González-Espada, W. J., Llerandi-Román, P. A., Fortis-Santiago, Y., Guerrero-Medina, G., Ortiz-Vega, N. M., Colón-Ramos, D., & Feliú-Mójer, M. (2014). Impact of culturally relevant contextualized ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 10:00 PM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
  • Recent presentations (1)   Bush, D. M., Jackson, C. W., Llerandi-Román, P. A., Neal, W., Runyan, R. M., Perison-Parrish, E. M., & Siemer, K. W. (2014, 22 October). A coastal vulnerability analysis ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 10:06 PM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
  • Activities - semester of January-April 2015 1. Field trip to Mammoth Cave, KY with GEO 202 class (23-25 February, 2015). 2. Teaching Honors College course: Earth: A global view3. Serving in the College of ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2015, 10:02 PM by Pablo A. Llerandi-Román
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Geoscience dissemination blog 

I am co-author and co-editor 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.

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. Recent courses include:

HNR 241: Earth: A global view (For students in the Honors College)

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. 

Recent field courses and workshops

Invited field course: Geología regional y estructural del oeste de Puerto Rico, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation - Bridge to the Doctorate Program, UPR-Río Piedras.  Prof. Javier Figueroa – coordinator (17-19 December 2014). 

Field-based course developer and instructor: In-service teachers coastal geohazards Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Partially sponsored by NASA-Michigan Space Grant. Procesos costeros y riesgos geológicos, a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers. In collaboration with University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Arecibo, Integrated Science Multiuse Laboratory (ISMuL) (June 17-19, 2014).

Lab activities and lecture on geoscience concepts for 8-9th grade students: STEM Academy, University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo, Integrated Science Multiuse Laboratory (ISMuL) (June 10, 2014).

Invited field lecture/short course on the geology of Vieques: “Tropical ecology, conservation biology, and evolution course (Biology 359)”, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Course instructors: Drs. Liam Revell (UMass) and Alberto Puente (UIPR) (January 2014).   


My main research interests are related to field-based geoscience education, pre-service and in-service K-12 science teacher education, geohazards education, and the geology of Puerto Rico. Emerging research interests include coastal geology, global change and dissemination of science.
Inservice teacher geoscience education research, Quebradillas, 2006. Picture by P. A. Llerandi-Román.

Sabbatical (academic year 2013-2014) projects in progress:

1. Teacher understanding of coastal geohazards and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) (Funded by Michigan Space Grant Consortium-NASA).

  • Mixed-methods research, including surveys and interviews, and professional development for K-12 in-service teachers of public and private schools in Puerto Rico, mainly on municipalities of the north coast.
  • Coastal geology professional development workshop for K-12 teachers conducted at ISMuL facilities, University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo, June 2014.

2. Field-based geoscience inquiry-based education/curricular development for novice geoscience learners. In collaboration with Jacob Napieralski, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

3. Structural geology of a fold-and-thrust belt in southwestern Puerto Rico. In collaboration with Daniel Laó-Dávila, Oklahoma State University. 

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).

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

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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