Photo: Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi
Mexican researcher Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi, known for his work on the Chicxulub crater, has been awarded the 2013 International Award by the American Geophysical Union, or AGU, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, said.
Urrutia Fucugauchi, who is with the UNAM’s Geophysical Institute, “has carried out multi- and inter-disciplinary studies on the Earth system, including (studies) focusing on paleomagnetism, tectonics, geophysical exploration, paleoclimates, impact craters and meteorites,” the UNAM said in a statement.
The scientist is currently studying the Chicxulub crater, located in the Yucatan Peninsula, where a large meteorite impacted 65 million years ago, possibly leading to the extinction of dinosaurs and changing the course of evolution on Earth.
Chicxulub was discovered in 1981 by experts from Mexican state-owned oil company Pemex, but the crater was not linked to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other species until 10 years later.
Urrutia Fucugauchi will receive the prize on Dec. 11 at the 46th AGU Congress in San Francisco, California, the UNAM said.