Hugo D. Ortiz

Hugo D. Ortiz

Molina Postdoctoral Fellow

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hugo Ortiz is a Molina Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. He applies and develops geophysical methods to study volcanoes, the atmosphere, and other Earth processes that produce acoustic and/or seismic signatures. Hugo also enjoys trail running, biking, hiking steep slopes, gardening, and reading science fiction novels.


  • Volcano seismology and acoustics
  • Atmospheric sensing
  • Environmental seismology
  • Earthquakes


  • PhD in Earth Science - Geophysics, 2023

    University of California Santa Barbara

  • MSc in Geophysics, 2016

    Boise State University

  • BSc in Physics, 2013

    Escuela Politécnica Nacional