Initially at the Earth Sciences Institute (CSIC) in Barcelona as a Research Scientist, Josep M. Parés (Ph.D. Geology, Universitat de Barcelona, 1988), accepted professorship position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan, and later joined the CENIEH as a Program Coordinator in 2007. His research has been centered on paleomagnetism and rockmagnetism in rocks and sediments to establish geochronologies based on magnetostratigraphic records, and to better understand rock deformation. He has participated in several deep sea drilling expeditions (ODP and IODP) in the Pacific Ocean, as well as in field work in the Antarctica, Rocky Mountains, Pyrenees, Tibet, Atlas among other regions. Currently he conducts research in archaeological and paleontological sites in the circum-Mediterranean area through the use of paleomagnetism combined with absolute age dating methods.
Premio Príncipe de Asturias de Investigación Científica y Técnica, 1997 (EIA- Equipo de Investigación de Atapuerca)