FlowTrans ITN Early Stage Researcher
Institute for Mineralogy, University of Munster, Germany
The focus of my research will be porosity generation and evolution during mineral replacement reactions.
I finished my Bachelor Degree in Environmental Engineering in the University of Aveiro (Portugal), in 2008. In the next two years, I worked as research assistant in the University of Elche (Spain), where I exploited the use of near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy for the estimation of soil maximum temperatures reached during forest fires, and I was also involved in the study of soil erosion caused by fires with a nice research team back in Aveiro University. My interest for science had grown a lot, and thus I decided to do a Master. I completed the Joint European Master in Environmental Studies (JEMES), in 2012. During the master I had the opportunity of contacting and collaborating with several scientists from around the world. All these experiences made me sure of what I wanted: to become a scientist.
It is true that my previous studies and jobs had little to do with geology and particularly with minerals; however, now I know that the enthusiasm and motivation to explore the unknown was seen by my supervisor as the best option to make in relation to whom he wanted to include in the FlowTrans team.
In my free time I enjoy open air, the forests, parks or whatever green areas. I love animals; therefore I spend some time looking at birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, or whatever animal is around. I also like live shows of music, theatre, or even circus (no animals included in this one). I also enjoy going out with friends to have some beers, and have nice and interesting conversations.