Kennet E. Flores

Kennet E. Flores

Assistant Professor


keflores@unc.edu
(919) 962-0689
310 Mitchell Hall, CB#3315

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Education

Ph.D., Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2010
DEA, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2006
Lic., Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, 2003
BS, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, 2002

Research Interests

Fluid-rock interaction; Subduction Zone Processes; High-pressure/low-temperature Metamorphism; Petrochronology; Tectonics

Research and Activities

My research program works on understanding the processes that control the evolution of active margins. My current research projects focus on:

  • Fluid- rock interaction at the subducting slab-mantle wedge interface
  • Constraining the rates, physical conditions, and geochemical signature of metamorphic rock-forming processes in subduction zones
  • Reconstructing the record of the tectonic evolution of subduction margins

Selected Publications

Boschman, L.M., van Hinsbergen, D., Langereis, C., Flores, K.E., Kamps, P.J.J., Kimbrough, D.L., Ueda, H., van de Lagemaat, S.H.A., van der Wiel, E., Spakman, W., 2021. Reconstructing lost plates of the Panthalassa Ocean through paleomagnetic data from circum-Pacific accretionary orogens. Am. J. Sci. 321, 907-954 https://doi.org/10.2475/06.2021.08

The Caribbean and Farallon plates connected: Constraints stratigraphy and paleomagnetism of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. J. Geophys Res Sol. Ea. 124 (7), 6243-6266. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016369

Gazel, E., Flores, K.E., Carr, M.J., 2021. Architectural and tectonic control on the segmentation of the Central American Volcanic Arc. Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 49, 485-511 https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-082420-055108 

Martin, C., Flores, K.E., Vitale-Brovarone, A., Angiboust, S., Harlow, G.E., 2020. Deep mantle serpentinization in subduction zones: insight from in-situ B isotopes in slab and mantle wedge serpentinites. Chem. Geol. 545, 119637  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2020.119637

Flores, K.E., Gazel, E., 2020. A 100 m.y. record of volcanic arc evolution in Nicaragua. Island Arc. 29 (1), e12346 https://doi.org/10.1111/iar.12346

Boschman, L.M., van der Wiel, E., Flores, K.E., Langereis, C., van Hinsbergen, D., 2019. The Caribbean and Farallon plates connected: Constraints stratigraphy and paleomagnetism of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. J. Geophys Res Sol. Ea. 124 (7), 6243-6266. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016369

Madrigal, P., Gazel, E., Flores, K.E., Jicha, B., Bizimis, M., 2016Record of Massive Upwellings from the Pacific Large Low Shear Velocity Province. Nature Communications 7, 13309. https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13309

Martin, C., Flores, K.E., Harlow, G.E., 2016. Boron isotopes discrimination for subduction-related serpentinites. Geology 44(11), 899-902. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/G38102.1

Harlow, G.E., Flores, K.E., Marschall, H.R, 2016. Fluid-mediated mass transfer from a paleosubduction channel to its mantle wedge: Evidence from jadeitite and related rocks from the Guatemala Suture Zone. Lithos 258-259, 15-36 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2016.04.010

Madrigal, P., Gazel, E., Denyer,P., Smith, I., Jicha, B., Flores, K.E., Coleman, D., Snow, J., 2015A melt-focusing zone in the lithospheric mantle preserved in the Santa Elena Ophiolite, Costa Rica. Lithos 230, 198-205. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2015.04.015

Flores, K.E., Skora, S., Martin, C., Harlow, G.E., Rodríguez, D., Baumgartner, P.O., 2015. Metamorphic history of riebeckite- and aegirine-augite-bearing high-pressure–low-temperature blocks within the Siuna Serpentinite Mélange, northeastern Nicaragua. Int. Geol. Rev. 57 (5-8), 943-977. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00206814.2015.1027747

Flores, K.E., Martens, U.C., Harlow, G.E., Brueckner, H.K., Pearson, N.J., 2013. Jadeitite formed during subduction: In situ zircon geochronology constraints from two different tectonic events within the Guatemala Suture Zone. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 371-372, 67-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2013.04.015