As part of the Earthbyte group and STELLAR team (Stream 3), Bia is developing her PhD studies under the supervision of Dr. Tristan Salles. Her project aims to explore Source to Sink systems, understanding how the evolution of paleo-elevation can affect catchment dynamics and stratigraphy, species diversity, and ore-deposits distribution. Using the recently published numerical code goSPL (Salles et al., 2020), her goal is to investigate the evolution of the South America and Africa landmasses and the opening of the Atlantic Ocean.
Bia completed her Bachelor’s in 2015 from the University of São Paulo (Brazil), investigating a Neoproterozoic basin in the south of Brazil as an analogue for oil reservoir rocks. In 2021 she concluded her Master’s degree at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany), working with environmental reconstructions in the Alpine Foreland Basin, using microfossils and stable isotopes (C and O) as proxies for temperature and water depth, and magnetostratigraphy for age correlations.
In between academic projects, she worked as a consultant in Environmental Geology, analysing caves formed in BIFs, canga and limestone. She also practices speleology as a hobby, focusing in cave-surveying and water flow description using dye tracers.