Argentina Correspondent Veronica Florencia Lutri holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology, a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, and is currently holding a postdoctoral fellowship from CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council). Additionally, Veronica is a teaching assistant at UNRC (National University of Río Cuarto).
What is your area of expertise?
"I specialise in the study of groundwater, focusing on hydrodynamics, hydrogeochemistry (natural and pollution induced), and water stable isotopes to stablish interaction between groundwater, surface water and rain water."
Why did you decide to join the Groundwater Correspondents Network?
"I consider that this platform has a great global significance for broadcasting research related to groundwater and pollution associated with human activities worldwide. I believe that initiatives like this are of utmost importance in order to disseminate knowledge that is crucial for the development of communities towards sustainable growth."
Which topics would you like to cover during your period as correspondent?
"I would like to share about my region:
- The importance of hydrogeological studies in identifying areas with naturally good quality groundwater (fresh and young water) for human consumption. The care and protection of aquifers with excellent natural quality that are being impacted by intensive agricultural and livestock activities.
- The significant cost and challenges faced by developing countries in conducting high-quality hydrogeological research. Countries like Argentina, where the currency is constantly devaluing and research supplies are generally priced in US dollars, face increasing difficulties in conducting public, high-quality research with broad spatial representation.
- The presence of women in the scientific field, specifically in "hard" sciences such as geology. The challenges faced in a world where gender is a source of differences in accessing higher-level positions."