(Interview and write-up by Kyle Rogers)
Marisol Juarez is earning her PhD in geology from Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. Prior to coming to ASU, Marisol earned her bachelor’s and master’s in geology from the University of California – Davis. Marisol always liked school. She is the first in her family to attend college. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, her father was a seasonal farmer that travelled to and from California until he was accepted through the amnesty program which allowed Marisol, her four sisters, and their mother to move to the United States.
After taking a sedimentology class her sophomore year of college, she was officially hooked on science after her teacher, Professor Dawn Sumner at UC Davis, had her sit on her research group meetings. “I’ve always had female role models,” she said, referring to Sumner. Professor Sumner took Marisol on her first field work trip to South Africa where she worked on drawing and creating 3D reconstructions of stromatolites. After a short time, Marisol was left to take over the field project on her own. “We need to have a push to have women in leadership roles and faculty positions.” Concerning her experience with women in STEM, Marisol feels she was lucky to attend schools like ASU and UC-Davis. “I’m lucky to be here at SESE, research-wise and people-wise.”
Marisol’s PhD focuses on biosignature preservation in relation to hot springs with her advisor, Professor Jack Farmer.