Here are some of the undergrad and PhD students involved in the various branches of Project MOBILE.


Janaina Rodrigues
PhD candidate at UFMG – MOBILE2021

Janaina Rodrigues de Paula is a PhD candidate at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. She has worked for 12 years at iron ore deposits in mining company – VALE S.A.. The giant iron deposits and carbonates rocks related of paleoproterozoic and neoproterozoic ages are the focus of the research. The present study aims to investigate the geochemical evolution of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere prevalent during the deposition of iron formations in Brazil.

Matheus Lima
Master student at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

I am a geologist and a master student at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). My research is focused on availability of bionutrients and redox conditions of Bambuí Basin, mainly during the Ediacaran-Cambrian. The goal is to better understand possible relations between these variables and the emergence of complex life in the paleoenvironment.

Willian Alexandre Lima de Moura
PhD candidate at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. I am interested in study the sedimentary basin evolution through geochemistry (major elements, trace metals, stable isotopes, biomarkers).  My current research is to investigated the thermal evolution and organic geochemistry of the Bambuí Basin (Ediacaran-Cambrian) in the southeastern Brazil, applying pyrolysis Rock-Eval and Biomarkers.

Mariana Madeira
PhD candidate at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

Mariana Madeira is currently a PhD candidate at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and temporary lecturer at Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). My research concerns the understanding of the tectonic evolution of the Precambrian orogenic belts. I am currently focusing on the Ediacaran magmatic arcs and adjacent rocks formed during the Brasiliano/Pan-African orogenic event in the Borborema Province, Northeastern Brazil, and the Western Cameroon Domain, Africa. This study is aimed at improving the comprehension of the geodynamic evolution and paleocontinental reconstruction of the Western Gondwana.

Leandro Amaral
PhD candidate at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

Leandro is a Ph.D. student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), and his research is looking for a tectono-metamorphic, petrographic, geochemical, geochronological, and isotopic characterization of the subduction complex of the Araçuaí orogen, in southeastern Brazil. The geotectonic components of the orogen have led the orogenic system to be interpreted as a result of ocean consumption, recording a complete Wilson Cycle, and despite the difficulty in recognizing and mapping areas with such complex stratigraphic and structural relationships, ophiolitic rocks, melanges, and accretionary wedges are key pieces to understand ancient plate tectonics and Precambrian orogenic processes.

Débora Vasconcelos de Oliveira
PhD candidate at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

Ph.D candidate at UFMG, Brazil, and technician since 2015 at the microscopy and microanalysis laboratory (LMIc) at UFOP where she is responsible for the operation of scanning electron microscopes (SEM). In her research, she investigates the tectonic evolution of the southern Brasília Orogen and its relationship with the Bambuí basin (foreland basin). It is also intended to characterize the orogenic uplift using mainly thermochronology. This research is relevant to the reconstruction of West Gondwana and to current discussions about Neoproterozoic paleogeography.

Andreia Resende
First year undergrad Geology Student at UFMG
Scientific Trainee MOBILE 2021

Mining technician at IFMG – Campus Congonhas and graduate student in Geology at UFMG. Main interest areas within Geosciences are directly linked to Plate Tectonics and its implication in the formation of sedimentary basins, especially those that give rise to Petroleum. With the Mobile Project, Andreia intends to enter the “world” of research and contribute to the expansion, construction and dissemination of geoscientific knowledge.

Rodrigo Souza
Third year undergrad Geology Student at UFMG
Scientific Trainee MOBILE 2021

Enthusiast of areas of knowledge such as fluvial geomorphology and paleontology. Its objectives in the MOBILE Project are to learn about scientific production and collaborate with researchers in the production of knowledge. Creator of the “Blacks doing science” instagram page at

Gabriella Velloso
Undergrad Geology Student at UFMG
Voluntary Scientific Trainee MOBILE 2021

I’m an undergraduate student at the Federal Univesity of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. I’m in the 3rd year of the course and my interests are petrography and geochemistry.

Thomaz Vidal
Voluntary Scientific Trainee MOBILE 2021

Thomaz is in the last year of his undergraduate degree in geology (UFMG), participated in the Ciencias sem Fronteiras program where he studied at Universität Tübingen for one year. He has already participated in scientific initiation with a focus on the geochemistry of the São João da Chapada Formation, belonging to Espinhaço Supergroup. The areas of interest that have grown over the course and after a few internships are hydrogeology and geological mapping.

Gabriel Bertolini
Post-doc MOBILE 2021

BSc in Geology (Unisinos) and PhD in Geoscience (University of Aberdeen and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul dual degree),  I am in interested in continental clastic system sourcing and deposition, applying multiproxy provenance tools as stratigraphy, U-Pb geochronology, heavy minerals and petrography analysis. Furthermore, I also work with rock reservoir properties and its relationship with basinal processes or interactions, like volcano-sedimentary features in diagenesis and its petrophysical output.

Cristina Araujo

Ph.D. student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. Her research is focused on the geochronology and isotope geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic zircons of the Araçuaí-West Congo Orogenic System. Her main interest is to understand the geodynamic evolution of the Southeastern Brazilian orogens combining petrography, geochemistry, isotopic geology, and regional geology.

Fernando Pacheco

PhD student at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). My research is focused on the stratigraphy and provenance of Neoproterozoic meta-sedimentary rocks located in the northern portion of Araçuaí belt. Through isotopic geochemistry we are investigating the possible detrital contribution of nearby intrusive alkaline rocks dated between the Marinoan and the Sturtian glaciation.

Júlia Mattioli Rolim

Júlia is a geologist and a master student at UFMG currently working on petrography and mineral chemistry of alkaline rocks from Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, South Atlantic Ocean. She also worked as visitor research at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum with fossils inclusions in amber. Her research interests are petrography, isotopic geology, geochemistry, thermochronology.

Raíssa Santiago

I am a PhD candidate at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. My research focuses on the study of granitic rocks related to Neoproterozoic magmatic arcs of intra-oceanic settings and adjacent high-grade rocks, which formed during the Brasiliano – Pan-African event. The ultimate goal is to collaborate to the understanding of the geodynamic evolution and paleocontinental reconstitution of the Southeastern Brazilian orogens with special focus on the relation to the tectonic evolution in the transition zone of the Araçuaí – Ribeira orogenic system.

Tobias Fonte Boa
UFMG and Univ. of Glasgow (UK)

Ph.D. candidate at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, and visiting-student at University of Glasgow, Scotland (UK). My research is focused on the long-term evolution of the western South Atlantic passive continental margin, specifically at the Serra da Mantiqueira range which geomorphological evolution remains controversial. The goal is to better understand the time-space contrasting denudation history of this upper-crustal sector by using detailed thermochronology analysis coupled with geophysical data processing.

Rhander Taufner

I am a PhD candidate at the Universidade de Brasília and I try to read the microstructures and textures recorded in rocks to constrain the behaviour of the lithosphere in zones of localised strain. Currently, I am working in two projects: 1) gabbroic shear zones from the Atlantis Bank oceanic core complex (SW Indian Ridge – Hole U1473A, IODP Expedition 360) to assess the processes responsible for strain localisation in detachment faults at slow spreading ridges with special focus on melt-rock interactions in the lower crust, and 2) dating of shear related calcite-veins from the Bambuí Group. The Bambuí group at the Espinhaço Range is intensely deformed and stratigraphically inverted, bounded by thrust faults on which quartzite rocks from the Araçuaí Orogen were placed. Dating vein emplacement may shed light into the timing of tectonic/metamorphic peak during the Araçuaí orogeny.


Aboubakr Deramchi

PhD student at the Algiers university of science and technology (USTHB). My main research is about characterizing a Neoproterozoic suture zone that presently extends from Hoggar in the Tuareg shield (North Africa) to the South American continent. Magnetotelluric, a geophysical (electromagnetic) imaging method is therefore used to deeply image this suture and the underlying lithosphere of this part of Western Gondwana.


Ana Fonseca
Ghent University

Master of Science in Regional Geology from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2020) and PhD candidate at Ghent University. Her research is focused on the Phanerozoic denudation patterns of São Francisco Craton and its adjacent orogens, mainly Araçuaí and Brasília belts, using the low-temperature thermochronology. Her main interest is to understand the impact of the Precambrian geodynamic evolution on the following uplift and denudation events.


Angelo Santos
McGill University

Ph.D. candidate at McGill University. My research is focused on Meso-Neoproterozoic intracratonic basins. To better comprehend this understudied period of Earth’s history, I use chemostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, drill core logging, and geochronology in sedimentary successions in Greenland and Australia. The goal is to constrain the depositional age and to define the tectonic setting of the studied basins to illuminate environmental changes and the footprints of early eukaryotic evolution in the Meso-Neoproterozoic.

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