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Earth Dynamics

About Earth Dynamics

This group integrates researchers from distinct areas who share common scientific goals: geologists, physicists, and mathematicians interested in studying and understanding:

  • Geodynamic processes occurring inside and at the surface of the Earth;
  • The evolution of the Earth’s interior and surface;
  • The links between the solid Earth, the hydrosphere and the atmosphere;
  • Natural and anthropic hazards and risks;
  • The History of Geosciences, with special attention to the fields of Museology and conservation of scientific and didactic collections.

Earth Dynamics Team

Fernando Carlos da Silva Coelho Lopes


PhD in Geological Engineering, Applied Geophysics, University of Coimbra (2002), MSc) in Geophysical Sciences, University of Lisboa (1993) and BSc in Geology, University of Coimbra (1989). He is Assistent professor at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra (DCT). His main areas of research include Tectonophysics, Seismic Stratigraphy, Salton Tectonics, Geological Hazards and History of Geosciences. He has several papers published in indexed journals and procedures of scientific meetings. He has co-supervised several master's and doctoral theses. He has participated in several research projects involving Portuguese, Spanish, French, Brazilian and Argentinean teams.


Alcides José Sousa Castilho Pereira

Alcides Pereira is full Professor of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra. With a Ph.D. in Economic Geology (1992), he has been developing research in natural hazards, namely natural radioactivity and exposure to radon gas, using also Remote Sensing techniques. He is involved in the environmental remediation of the Portuguese old uranium mines and is Director of the Laboratory of Natural Radioactivity (in accreditation).


Amélia Maria de Carvalho Dill

Amelia Carvalho Dill works as an Assistant Professor at the University of the Algarve since 1995. She has a PhD degree in Hydrogeology, (Docteur ès Sciences), at the University of Neuchâtel, Suisse in 1993, Post-Graduation in Engineering Geology in 1982 at the NOVA University (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and 1981, a 5 – year degree (Licenciatura Pré-Bolonha) in Applied Geology, University of Lisbon. She has experience in groundwater hydrological research. Her main areas of expertise have been the use of electromagnetic methods applied to environmental problems and for groundwater contamination assessment. She has experience in monitoring coastal aquifers, assessing groundwater-surface water-wetland interactions and contamination induced by agricultural and industrial practices. She has participated in several national and international research projects. Amelia has supervised several PhD and Master students in Portugal and abroad.


Ana Isabel Mendes Morais Gomes

Graduated in Geology (scientific branch) by the University of Coimbra, obtained the master's degree in Volcanology and Geological Risks in 2004 and obtained her doctorate in Geology (specialty of Volcanology) in 2013, by the University of the Azores. Was part of several regional, national and international projects related to the assessment of geological risks and geophysical monitoring of active volcanic devices. Currently his main areas of research are the analysis of seismic data, stratigraphy, history of science, geological risk assessment and dissemination of science. Is the author and co-author of several scientific articles published in international and national journals of the specialty, technical-scientific reports.


Ana Isabel Simões Rola

Ana Isabel Simões Rola is a Biology and Geology teacher, since 1999. She holds a MSC in Geosciences (specialization in Natural Sciences Teaching) and a PhD in Geology (specialization in History and Methodology of Geological Sciences), at the University of Coimbra. She has published several papers in scientific journals and conferences.


Ana Maria Ribeiro Malho Rodrigues Lourenço

Ana Maria Ribeiro Malho Rodrigues Lourenço is a researcher at CITEUC since 2008. She has a PhD degree in Geology at the University of Coimbra in 2013, with a thesis on environmental magnetism. Her research focus is on the environment, climate change, space weather, cycles of solar activity, the influence of solar activity on the earth climate and the history of Science. She is co-author of several papers and presentations including articles in scientific magazines and conference proceedings.

Anabela Martins Ramos

Anabela M. Ramos started working on geomorphology of the coastal and river areas, geomorphologic mapping, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and tectonics in 2000 during the MSc dissertation (University of Coimbra) about the river terrace in the mouth of the Mondego river (Figueira da Foz – Central Portugal). This method was also followed in the doctoral thesis (University of Coimbra - concluded in 2009). It handled the generating mechanisms and the terrace types, as well as the controls that dictated the formation of these terraces (glacio-eustatic model, with tectonic control). Contacted closely with dating methodologies (OSL-Optically Stimulated Luminescence e TL- Thermoluminescence). Since 2010 has been developing studies about land planning; natural risks cartography, natural resources evaluation, and geoheritage. It was successfully applied the qualitative and quantitative methods to build cartography of susceptibility to natural dangerous processes (landslides, flooding, earthquakes and coastal erosion) at a regional scale.


Carla Sofia da Silva Marques


Carlos António Francisco Barata


Carlos João Peixoto Cardoso de Oliveira Gomes

Carlos Gomes graduated in Physics (educational branch) from the University of Coimbra (1995). He obtained a MSc in Physics (specialization in teaching) from the University of Minho (1999) and a PhD in Methodology of teaching Physics and Chemistry from the University of Azores (2008). His main scientific areas of research include science education; training of science teacher; integration of ICT in the science teaching; dissemination and support to science education; sustainability and environmental education; comprehensibility of scientific texts, topics on which he have publications.


Carlos Suzane Bonga


Elsa Maria Carvalho Gomes

Estefânia Francisco Ramos Pires

Estefânia Francisco Ramos Pires is a teacher of basic and secondary education, group of Biology and Geology. She is PhD in Geology, Geological Resources and Environment and MSC in Geosciences (specialization: Natural Sciences Teaching [Earth Sciences]), Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra. She has published several papers in conferences and specialty magazines in Education. Is responsible for the orientation and participation of students in different projects in the scope of Education in Geosciences. Received 3 awards and/or honors.

Gina Maria Pereira Correia

Gina P. Correia is a Biology and Geology teacher at middle and high school. She holds a MSC in Environmental Education (2006) and a PhD in Geology (specialization in History and Methodology of Geological Sciences) (2014), at the University of Coimbra. Her research focuses on the science education and the history of science, topics on which she has several publications in scientific meetings and in national and international journals.


Gustavo Santiago Luis


Joana Alves Ribeiro

Joana Alves Ribeiro obtained her PhD degree in the fall of 2018 with the work “Magnetotelluric studies in detecting an old structure zone and major crustal-scale shear zone (Iberia)” from Lisbon University/IDL. She has participated in numerous campaigns for scientific and industry purposes in the area of Applied Geophysics using different methods such as magnetotelluric, time-domain electromagnetic methods, electrical resistivity and GPR. In 2019, she became part of CITEUC research group and expanded her knowledge in the area of Space Weather and its consequences in the Portuguese Power Network.


José Manuel Martins de Azevedo

José Manuel Martins de Azevedo is Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra since 1999 and he is the Scientific Coordinator of Geosciences M.Sc. of the University of Coimbra. He obtained a PhD in eological Engineering (Hydrogeology and Water Resources) by the University of Coimbra, in the year of 1999, and MSc in geology from the same university, in 1988. He has participated and also coordinated several research projects in the domain of groundwater resources domain. Also, he has been developed a great work in what concern the supervision of 21 post-graduate students (18 master; 2 doctoral; 1 post-doctoral). He has published about 68 scientific publications and he is the author and co-author of 36 scientific and technical reports for none-university institution.

Luís José Proença de Figueiredo Neves

Luis Neves is full Professor of the Department of Earth Sciences of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra. With a Ph.D. in Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry (1991), he has been developing research in igneous rocks with the help of mathematical tools and GIS. Actual research interests comprise natural hazards, namely natural radioactivity and exposure to radon gas.


Marco Aurélio Marques da Cunha


Maria Alexandra Albuquerque Faria Pais

Maria Alexandra Pais graduated in Physics from the University of Coimbra (1988). She obtained a MSc from the University of Lisbon (1993) and a PhD from the Institut de Physique du Globe (1999), in Internal Geophysics. She started her career as a Lecturer at the University of Coimbra (1988) and is presently an Assistant Professor there, having lectured courses as Thermodynamics, Transport Processes, Electromagnetism, Fluid Dynamics and Magnetohydrodynamics.

Her main research has been in the field of geomagnetism, i.e., the study of the source mechanism and time variations of the main magnetic field of the Earth, but also its coupling with the near-Earth space environment. She is expert in the inversion of geomagnetic field models for Earth core flows, Earth fluid core dynamics and mathematical methods for geomagnetic data analysis and has been involved in studies relating geomagnetism to space weather.

She authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific publications, from which 30 in peer-reviewed journals, co-supervised 3 PhD thesis and supervised a number of MSc thesis and scientific research grants. She has been reviewer of manuscripts for several international scientific journals and member of evaluation panels for scientific projects and research grants. She was PI of 2 FCT projects and several bilateral agreements with French research institutions. She is the national representative for IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) since 2015.


Maria Manuela da Vinha G. Silva

PhD in Geology, University of Coimbra, MSc in Geochemistry, University of Aveiro, and BSc in Geology, University of Coimbra. She is Associate professor at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra. Her main areas of research include Geochemistry, Igneous Petrology and Environmental Geochemistry. Has dozens of research papers in the web-of-science.


Matilde Lopes de Oliveira Azenha


Paula Nogueira Faustino

Paulo Ribeiro

He has a degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Aveiro (1993) and Master in Dynamic Geology (with specialization in Geodynamics), University of Lisbon (1998). He is currently senior technician (area of ​​Atmospheric Physics and Geophysics) at the Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory of the University of Coimbra (OGAUC); with responsibilities in the operation, maintenance and modernization of their magnetic and meteorological observatories. Has developed further studies at the Research Centre of the Earth and Space of the University of Coimbra (CITEUC) in the areas of: (1) Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (with emphasis on the study of the issues and methods of geomagnetic observation, and in identifying and interpreting changes in spatio-temporal properties of the geomagnetic field, as well as the processes of interaction Sun-Earth and Space Weather); (2) Paleomagnetism and Magnetism of Rocks (with special attention to the processes of acquisition and re-magnetization, and its implications in tectonics and geodynamics studies of Iberia); (3) History of Science (with particular interest in the historical development of geophysics in Portugal).


Pedro Miguel Callapez Tonicher

He Is member of the F.C.T.U.C. Earth Sciences Department since November of 1988 and Assistant Teacher since July of 1998, after finishing a PhD on the Upper Cretaceous of Portugal. Since 2002 is member of the Italian and Spanish Societies of Malacology and still researching on modern and Pleistocene mollusks. From 2004 to 2010 was the last coordinator of the Museum of Mineralogy and Geology of the University of Coimbra, a museological structure that is presently in course of modernization as part of the whole Museum of Science. Since 2008 is member of the international scientific committee charged of the exhibition planning of the new Museum of Science of the University of Coimbra. Is also a member of the new scientific teem for the curation of the collections. He is member of the CGUC since early 2008, and was Coordinator of this Unit of I&D from 2009 to June of 2010.His main research areas are the Stratigraphy and invertebrate Palaeontology of the Upper Cretaceous, with emphasis on mollusc systematics, palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology. He is also an active researcher on Zooarchaeology and Pleistocene marine and land molluscan assemblages. At the same time he develops work on the history of Geology and Paleontology, both teaching, early field work and researches, and historic museology.

Rute Rodrigues Santos

Rute Rodrigues dos Santos is a PhD student in Physics Engineering at the UC. During her MSc degree, she was a research fellow in the Project MAG-GIC: Geomagnetically induced currents in Portugal mainland, the first initiative to evaluate the geomagnetic hazard to power systems in Portugal mainland. R Santos contributed to the development of the first GIC monitoring system installed in the power transmission system operated by REN. Furthermore, she also contributed to more accurate GIC simulations by studying the effect of the shield wires (grounded lines installed above the phase conductors to protect them from lightning strikes) on the power grid model. This work was presented in her master’s thesis, defended in October 2021.


Senay Amalia Ozkaya de Juanas


Sérgio Luis Rodrigues Sêco


Vasco Manuel Jorge Soares Mantas

Vasco Manuel Mantas is a Principal Investigator at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra. Holding a PhD in Geology, his research interests are focused on the use of Earth Observation data for environmental monitoring. He has lead and participated in multiple international and national research and technology transfer projects with a strong interdisciplinary emphasis. Currently he is coordinating project FOCUS (Horizon 2020), which aims at introducing innovative solutions for change detection and monitoring of European forest ecosystems. Previous projects included the analysis of dense time series applied to the oceanic domain and the atmosphere, mapping land use and land cover using satellite data, detecting and monitoring the by-products of submarine volcanic eruptions or developing data dissemination platforms.

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