My current research interests are in the broad area of carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy. The topics I am focusing on include:

1) Carbonate reservoir characterization and modeling from modern and outcrop analogues, (interested in Caribbean islands, also Pacific and Indian Ocean islands)

2) Late Paleozoic carbonate petroleum systems and opportunities for exploration

3) Diagenesis and porosity evolution, using image analysis tools as a key for petrophysics.

4) The use of stable isotope geochemistry including clumped isotopes in understanding deposition, diagenesis and basin evolution.

5) Unconventional Carbonate reservoirs and basin analysis.

education and training
selected publications
Academic Articles29
  • Betzler, C. G., Eberli, G. P., Alvarez-Zarikian, C. A., Alonso-Garca, M., Bejugam, N. N., Bialik, O. M., ... Young, J. R. (2016). International ocean discovery program expedition 359 preliminary report: Maldives monsoon and sea level. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: Preliminary Reports. (359), 1-53.
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  • Betzler, C., Eberli, G. P., Kroon, D., Wright, J. D., Swart, P. K., Nath, B. N., ... Young, J. R. (2016). The abrupt onset of the modern South Asian Monsoon winds.. Sci Rep. 6(1), 29838.
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  • Shenton, B. J., Grossman, E. L., Passey, B. H., Henkes, G. A., Becker, T. P., Laya, J. C., ... Lawson, M. (2015). Clumped isotope thermometry in deeply buried sedimentary carbonates: The effects of bond reordering and recrystallization. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN. 127(7-8), 1036-1051.
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  • Laya, J. C., Tucker, M. E., Groecke, D. R., & Perez-Huerta, A. (2013). Carbon, oxygen and strontium isotopic composition of low-latitude Permian carbonates (Venezuelan Andes): climate proxies of tropical Pangea. PALAEOZOIC CLIMATE CYCLES: THEIR EVOLUTIONARY AND SEDIMENTOLOGICAL IMPACT. 376(1), 367-385.
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  • Laya, J. C., & Tucker, M. E. (2015). Petroleum Potential of Permian Carbonates in Northern South America. Bartolini, C. (Eds.), Memoir 108: Petroleum Geology and Potential of the Colombian Caribbean Margin. 471-498.
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chaired theses and dissertations
First Name
Juan Carlos
Last Name
Laya Pereira