I studied in the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) between 1976 and 1980, obtaining the degree of Engineering Geologist. I studied the courses of Master and Doctor of Sciences at the Faculty of Science of Tohoku University of Japan between 1987 and 1992. I obtained the MSc degree studying volcanic rocks of the Ou Mountains of northeast Japan documenting the existence of a 7 million years old caldera that had not been reported to that date. I obtained the DSc degree in the area of geology studying volcano-tectonics of the Chapala region, Jalisco (Mexico).
My academic career has always been linked to UNAM. Since 1983 I teach Geodynamics as professor in the Faculty of Engineering. I developed glaciological work in the Institute of Geography from 1983 to 1984 together with José I. Lugo Hubp. I collaborated with Jaime H. Urrutia Fucugauchi in the Laboratory of Paleomagnetism and Nuclear Geophysics from 1984 to 1986, performing studies of paleomagnetism in volcanic rocks. Since 1991, I am a researcher of the Department of Volcanology of the Institute of Geophysics, where I also teach graduate courses in Earth Sciences.
Since 1985 I act as the Mexican correspondent of the World Glacier Monitoring Service of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences of the UNESCO. I have been a member of the Committee for the Inventory of Active Faults in Mexico and currently I am part of the Scientific Committee of the Ministry of the Interior for the study of the activity of Popocatépetl volcano.
My academic activities are focused on volcano-tectonics, volcanic stratigraphy, remote sensing of volcanic gases, study of glaciers on active volcanoes and monitoring of active volcanoes. Currently, I study the volcanism in surroundings of Mexico City, with special emphasis in the volcano-tectonic relations, and events associated with the eruptive activity of Popocatépetl volcano. I am responsible for the remote monitoring of gas emissions from Popocatépetl, and also the monitoring of glaciers.
I am a member of the Mexican Geological Society, the Mexican Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.
Nature has always been my passion and principal attraction, not only professionally, but also with respect to sports. Since 1974 I have been practicing mountain climbing as a sport and in 1977 I joined the Association of Mountaineering and Exploration of UNAM. Since 1978 I represented UNAM in national and international sports events. In 1978, I participated in the World University Orienteering Championship in Jyväskyla, Finland. Furthermore, I performed the First University Descent to the Crater of Popocatépetl, donating a sample of sulfur from the bottom to the mineralogical collection of the Faculty of Engineering - UNAM. In 1979 I participated in the UNAM Expedition to Mount McKinley (6192 m.a.s.l.) in Alaska, in 1980 in the First UNAM Expedition to the Himalayas, in which the West Kangchenjunga (8420 m.a.s.l.) in Nepal was conquered. In 1980 I climbed ice and rock walls in the Rocky Mountains in Canada. In 1981 I joined the Expedition to Mount Chacraraju (6005 m.a.s.l.) in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes. Finally, in 1982 I participated in the Polish- UNAM Expedition to Mount K2 (8611 m.a.s.l.) in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan.