Sara Moron Polanco

Ms Sara Moron Polanco

PhD Candidate

Australian School of Petroleum

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Landscape Evolution of Depositional Sedimentary Systems

My research focuses on the understanding of river styles and the controls and mechanisms (e.g. river avulsion and bar formation) governing their formation. I combine numerical modeling and field observation to understand these systems. My research provides insights relevant to a broad range of applications spanning oil and gas exploration to river management. I have previously worked in a broad range of projects ranging from the responses of ancient ecosystems to climate change to the understanding of the tectonic evolution and closure of the Panama Isthmus. My diverse research background reflects my interest on the investigation of landscape evolution from an integrated systems perspective.

  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    The University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D.
    National University of Colombia Colombia BSc
    The University of Minnesota USA MSc.
  • Journals

    Date Citation
    2016 Counts,JW, Rarity,F, Ainsworth,RB, Amos,KJ, Lane,T, Morón,S, Trainor,J, Valenti,C, Nanson,R, 2016, Sedimentological interpretation of an Ediacaran delta: Bonney Sandstone, South Australia, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63, 3, 257-273 10.1080/08120099.2016.1180322
    2014 Jaramillo,C, Moreno,E, Ramirez,V, da Silva,S, Barrera,A, Barrera,A, Morón,S, Herrera,F, Escobar,J, Koll,R et al, 2014, Palynological record of the last 20 million years in Panama, Monogr Syst Bot Mo Bot Gard, 68, 134-251
    2013 Moron Polanco,S, Fox,D, Feinberg,J, Jaramillo,C, Bayona,G, Montes,C, Bloch,J, 2013, Climate change during the Early Paleogene in the Bogota Basin, (Colombia) inferred froom paleosol carbon isotope stratigraphy, major oxides, and environmental magnetism, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 388, 115-127 10.1016/j.palaeo.2013.08.010
    2012 Montes,C, Bayona,G, Cardona,A, Buchs,DM, Silva,CA, Morón,S, Hoyos,N, Ramírez,DA, Jaramillo,CA, Valencia,V et al, 2012, Arc-continent collision and orocline formation: Closing of the Central American seaway, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 117, B4, n/a-n/a 10.1029/2011JB008959
    2012 Montes,C, Cardona,A, McFadden,R, Moron,SE, Silva,CA, Restrepo-Moreno,S, Ramirez,DA, Hoyos,N, Wilson,J, Farris,D et al, 2012, Evidence for middle Eocene and younger land emergence in central Panama: Implications for Isthmus closure, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 124, 5-6, 780-799 10.1130/B30528.1
    2010 Bayona,G, Montenegro,O, Cardona,A, Jaramillo,C, Lamus,F, Morón,S, Quiroz,L, Ruiz,C, Valencia,V, Parra,M et al, 2010, Estratigrafía, procedencia, subsidencia y exhumación de las unidades Paleógenas en el Sinclinal de Usme, sur de la zona axial de la Cordillera Oriental., Geología Colombiana, -
    2010 Jaramillo,C, Ochoa,D, Contreras,L, Pagani,M, Carvajal-Ortiz,H, Pratt,LM, Krishnan,S, Cardona,A, Romero,M, Quiroz,L et al, 2010, Effects of Rapid Global Warming at the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary on Neotropical Vegetation, Science, 330, 6006, 957-961 10.1126/science.1193833
    2010 MacFadden,BJ, Kirby,MX, Rincon,A, Montes,C, Moron,S, Strong,N, Jaramillo,C, 2010, Extinct Peccary “Cynorca” Occidentale (Tayassuidae, Tayassuinae) from the Miocene of Panama and Correlations to North America, Journal of Paleontology, 84, 2, 288-298 10.1666/09-064R.1
    2007 Morón,S, Montes,C, Jaramillo,C, Bayona,G, Sánchez,C, Moron Polanco,SE, 2007, Ciclicidad en la Formación Cerrejón, Boletín de Geología, -
  • Conference Papers

    Date Citation
    2013 Moron Polanco,S, Amos,K, 2013, Avulsion in anabranching dryland rivers, International Conference in Fluvial Sedimentology, Leeds, UK

2013-2015       AU$100,000. The Magdalena River: an end member of anabranching rivers. Project funded by Chevron Australia Pty Ltd.

2008, 2010      US$6000.  Short Term Fellowship. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

2006, 2010      US$3000. Young Investigators Research Grant. ARES-Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists.

  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Phone: 83138044
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  • Fax: 8313 4345
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Santos Petroleum Engineering Building
  • Room: 3 02
  • Org Unit: Australian School of Petroleum

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