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Sofia Ruzo

of NG Young Explorers

I am currently working as the field assistant, photographer/videographer, and media outreach coordinator for the project, "The Geothermal Map of Peru" led by my husband, NG Young Explorer Andres Ruzo.

I am first-generation American, as my parents immigrated to Miami, Florida to escape civil wars in their countries of Cuba and Nicaragua. I graduated with degrees in English and in Marketing/Management, with minors in Spanish and Art History, from Hillsdale College in Michigan. I moved from Michigan to Texas to obtain my Master's degree in Advertising, specializing in Account Planning, from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, where I met Andres.

This blog is key to our mission to bring awareness to geothermal energy as a renewable, base-load, environmentally-friendly energy source, and I hope it can educate, entertain, and challenge readers to change the world for the better.

Latest Adventures of Taking the Earth’s Temperature

After several weeks of lowering thermometers down wells in Northern Peru, the team takes a break and gets ready to analyze data from hundreds of sites in order to create the first geothermal map of the area.

Comedy and Near Tragedy in the Field

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Andrés Ruzo is back in the field doing research to create the first geothermal map of northern Peru. Follow along as his collaborator and wife Sofia reports from the field about their ensuing adventures.

Dust, Dirt, and Bird Feces: The Dirty Side of Creating a Geothermal Map

Baking inside a giant aluminum warehouse, the team deals with scorching temperatures, filth and stink, and some unsavory neighbors, all in the name of geography.

From One Field Season to the Next: New Faces at Familiar Places

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Andrés Ruzo is back in the field doing research to create the first geothermal map of northern Peru. Follow along as his collaborator and wife Sofia reports from the field about their ensuing adventures.

Revealing Peru’s Hidden Energy Source

National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Andrés Ruzo is back in the field doing research to create the first geothermal map of northern Peru. Follow along as his collaborator and wife Sofia reports from the field about their ensuing adventures.