Guillermo L. Albanesi
Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Earth Science
Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Guillermo Luis Albanesi is among the world’s leading experts on Ordovician conodonts. He received his undergraduate degree in geology (1991) and Ph.D. in earth sciences (1997), with highest distinction, from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. As a doctoral student, he had worked not only at NUC, but in the laboratory of Christopher Barnes at the Centre for Earth and Ocean Research at the University of Victoria in Canada. Under the aegis of CONICET, he returned to Dr. Barnes lab as a postdoctoral Fellow.
During this time, Guillermo Albanesi coauthored a series of articles with G. Ortega and M. A. Hünicken, the first to establish an integrated conodont-graptolite biostratigraphy for the Ordovician System of the Argentine Precordillera. These important articles are considered the standard in his field.
Returning to Argentina, he entered the career research path of CONICET in 1999, working at the National University of Cordoba’s Museum of Paleontology. That same year he was appointed secretary and titular member of the UNESCO’s International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy; his decade-long tenure, during which he was the editor of ISOS Ordovician News and a principal organizer of the 9th International Symposium on the Ordovician System, among other duties, was praised widely and further secured his outstanding reputation in his field.
In 2001 he received a Fulbright Fellowship, cosponsored by the Antorchas Foundation, to continue his researches under the supervision of Dr. Stig M. Bergström at his laboratory at Ohio State University, one of the most productive and influential centers of conodontology studies. During this period and subsequently he authored a number of significant articles with Dr. Bergström, including “Conodont paleobiogeographical co-evolution of the Artentine Precordillera and the Marathon Area, Texas, in the Ordovician Period,” VIII International Conodont Symposium Held in Europe (2002), and “The Early Ordovician paleobiogeographical position of the Argentine Precordillera as suggested by conodont faunas,” 32nd International Geological Congress (2004).
During his Guggenheim term, Dr. Albanesi intends to work again at Ohio State University and the University of Victoria, as well as at Leicester University, using their collections of conodont specimens, as well as that at his home institution, to further understanding of the tempo and interrelationships between evolution, tectonics, and climate change as evidenced by Mid-Late Ordovician conodonts in the sedimentary basins of North America and Argentina.