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


Janaina Rodrigues de Paula
PhD student at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

PhD candidate at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. She has worked for 12 years at iron ore deposits in the VALE S.A. mining company. Her study aims to investigate the geochemical evolution of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere during the deposition of Proterozoic iron formations and related carbonate and siliciclastic rocks of the Quadrilátero Ferrífero region in Brazil.

Matheus Lima
Masters student at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

I am a geologist and a masters 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 these paleoenvironments.

Ingridy da Silva Nicomedes
Masters student at UFMG – MOBILE 2021

Geologist and masters student at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. My research is located in the Serra do Cipó, MG and is focused on investigating the thermotectonic evolution of the outer portion of the Araçuaí Orogen and the depositional and structural relationships between this orogen and the Bambuí Group. The goal is to contribute to the knowledge of both the tectonic evolution and the exhumation chronology of the frontal thrust fronts and their probable link with the supply of nutrients and oxygen capable of favoring the appearance of complex life forms in the adjacent foreland basin.

Suzana França
Third year undergrad Geology Student at UFMG
Scientific Trainee MOBILE 2022

Suzana is currently a Geology Student at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Main interest areas of knowledge as geomorphology, stratigraphy, paleontology and geologic mapping. Suzana intends to contribute with the scientific divultion, and learn more about paleogeographic conditions and other things.

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 the study of sedimentary basin evolution through geochemistry (major elements, trace metals, stable isotopes, biomarkers).  My current research is focused on investigating the thermal evolution and organic geochemistry of the Bambuí Basin (Ediacaran-Cambrian) in 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 rocks formed during the Brasiliano/Pan-African orogenic event in the Borborema Province, Northeastern Brazil. This study is aimed at improving the comprehension of the geodynamic evolution and paleocontinental reconstruction of 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.

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.

Júlia Mattioli Rolim
PhD Student – UQàM

Júlia is a geologist and a former masters student at UFMG 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.

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