Fernando Guillermo Sardi
was born and did his studies at all levels in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. He is married and has three sons (Lucas, Pablo and Felipe) to whom this award is dedicated. He has been professor (since 2009) and assistant/associate professor (1992-2009) of Geochemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Miguel Lillo Institute of the National University of Tucumán for more than 20 years. He has also been a researcher of the National Research Council (CONICET, Argentina) since 2007. Fernando graduated as a geologist in 1991 and obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from the same university where he now teaches. His doctoral work, supervised by Dr. Juana R. de Toselli (National University of Tucumán), investigated the geochemistry and metallogeny of W-bearing deposits related to granitic intrusions in the Ordovician Famatina System (Argentina). His postdoctoral work (2011-2012) at East Carolina University, under the supervision of Dr. Adriana Heimann, focused on the geochemistry of beryl, feldspars, and micas in granitic pegmatites from the Velasco district of the Sierras Pampeanas Geologic Province (Argentina). Currently, his research focuses on the mineralogy and geochemistry of pegmatites and hydrothermal mineral deposits localized mainly in the Precambrian-Paleozoic Sierras Pampeanas. He is a member of the Mineralogical Association of Argentina.
Adriana Heimann Ríos
was born and grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay, with two younger brothers, mom, and dad. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Uruguay, College of Sciences (1998). She attributes her fascination for mineralogy and mineral deposits to the influential teaching of Profs. Pedro Oyhantçabal, Juan Ledesma, and Rossana Muzio. During the last year as an undergraduate student they gave her the opportunity to do research and soon after that she took a faculty position while still a student. After a couple of years performing research and teaching mineralogy she moved to the US to attend Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, where she obtained M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Geology (2003, 2006) under the supervision of Paul Spry. Adriana's graduate research focused on rocks spatially associated with metamorphosed massive sulfide deposits in Colorado and Broken Hill, Australia, and in particular on the major and trace element chemistry of gahnite and garnet. After finishing her PhD she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2006-2009), where she worked under the supervision of Clark Johnson and Brian Beard and collaborated with John Valley and Eric Roden. Her postdoctoral research focused on Fe isotope geochemistry in igneous systems and as a tool to understand the genesis of banded iron formations. Adriana took a faculty position in Mineralogy and Petrology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (USA), where she has been since 2009. Her current research focuses on the chemistry of minerals from granitic pegmatites as indicators of melt evolution, the geochemistry and genesis of banded iron formations, and Fe isotope geochemistry in igneous systems. Adriana is grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from great scientists and mentors. Adriana is married to Manuel Salazar and they have a son, Nicolas, who likes pink quartz.