Dr. Lorna G. Jaramillo-Nieves has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently Assistant Dean of Research, in the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, UPR-Río Piedras. She has worked at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras since 2004 as a professor in the Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of General Studies. Currently, Dr. Jaramillo-Nieves maintains an interdisciplinary research approach with an emphasis on geology and the impacts of geological processes on society. She particularly focuses on lines of research on geological risk issues due to events common to the Caribbean region, such as mass movements, water resource management, and earthquakes. She was assigned as a liaison between the US Geological Survey, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network and government agencies in Puerto Rico as a result of the seismic sequence of January 7, 2020. As part of the effects of this seismic sequence, observed significant changes in coastal areas, such as the subsidence of parts of the coast and the shifting of the sea level inland, a phenomenon usually attributed to climate change. Dr. Jaramillo-Nieves has also been a member of the Presbyterian Church in Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico for just over thirty years. She has served in various ministries in addition to being a deacon and a ruling elder in the same church.