Department: Geology and Environmental Science

Areas of expertise:

  • Caves (Puerto Rico and Shenandoah Valley) and karst landform
  • Ethnogeology (intersection between culture and geology)
  • Community-based research

Garcia is a Boricua (Puerto Rican) geologist who is interested in ethnogeology, cave and karst science, place-based education and increasing diversity within geosciences. 

Garcia completed his undergraduate degree in Puerto Rico at Universidad Ana G. Mendez (formerly known as Universidad Metropolitana) majoring in environmental sciences with a minor in marine biology. He then started his graduate career at the University of Vermont where he finished a master’s degree in geology, focusing on geochemistry. Garcia then attended Arizona State University for his doctoral degree in geological sciences, focusing in ethnogeology about culturally framed geological interpretations among long-term residents in the Dominican and Puerto Rican karst. 

Media contact: Eric Gorton,, 540-908-1760.

Ángel Garcia

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