Fabiana Richter

PhD

About me

I was born in Brasília (DF), Brazil, and moved to Ouro Preto (MG) in 2005 to study Law at the Federal University of Ouro Preto (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto). After a couple of years, I developed a stronger passion for the natural sciences, so I started studying Geological Engineering in 2008 at the Department of Geology, School of Mines. Ouro Preto is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, a beautiful historic town that is home to thousands of students from all over Brazil living in sororities and fraternities (shout-out to my sorority República Virada pra Lua!) to attend the Federal University of Ouro Preto. During my studies, I had the opportunity to do a 6-month research exchange at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where I worked on my bachelor's dissertation. I graduated in 2013 and soon after started a Master's program in Geosciences at the same Department. During my Master's studies, I studied metamorphic and igneous rocks from the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Araçuaí Orogen in southeast Brazil using metamorphic petrology, modeling and U-Pb (zircon and monazite) geochronology. I graduated in 2015 and started a PhD at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester in the Fall of 2015. I worked as a Teaching Assistant and took classes over ~2 years, earning a second M.Sc. in 2017 after I passed my qualifying exams. My Ph.D. research aimed at understanding the interplay between Central and East Asian paleoclimate and tectonics in the northern margins of the Tibetan Plateau (China) during the late Cenozoic. The main tools I used were oxygen and carbon stable isotope geochemistry and clumped isotope thermometry of sedimentary carbonates, in addition to sedimentology and stratigraphy. During my studies, I did two fieldwork seasons in China and a 6-month research exchange at the Institute of Earth and Environment in Xi'An. I also spent 2 months as a visiting student at the Tripati Clumped Isotope Laboratory at UCLA. During my last semester (Fall 2020), I worked as a Teaching Assistant and finished my Thesis, which I defended in December 2020. I graduated in early 2021 and moved back to Brasília, where I recently started working as a post-doc at the Institute of Geosciences (Instituto de Geociências) at the University of Brasília.

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Education

I obtained a Ph.D. (2021) and M.Sc. degree (2017) in Geosciences from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester (NY, USA). I have a M.Sc. degree in Geology (2015) and a Geological Engineering degree (2013) from the Department of Geological Engineering at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Work experience

2015-2020: Teaching and Research assistant at the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester, NY, USA.

     Worked as a student researcher and taught laboratory courses for groups of 10-40 students. Courses: Hydrology and Water Resources; Introduction to Climate Change; Sedimentology and Stratigraphy; Oceanography; and Introduction to Earth Sciences.

2020: Online lecturer Instituto Minere, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

     Created video lectures and articles for the online course “Introduction to Geology and Mining”.

2017 (Jul-Dec): Visiting student researcher at the Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’An, Shaanxi, China.

     Worked with teams of Chinese researchers to collect samples from a sediment core and analyzed the isotopic composition of carbonates using a mass spectrometer (MAT-252) with an automated carbonate preparation device (Kiel II).

2012 (Jan-Jun): Visiting student researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa.

     Worked with an international research group to analyze and model the geochemical composition of granites and gneisses

from South Africa and Brazil.

2011 (Jul): Intern Spelayon Consultoria, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

     Worked on a team to map, describe and report information about the biology in caves near Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

2011 (Feb-May): Intern Fundação Gorceix, Ouro Preto, MG, Brazil.

     Described mineral grains from several regions to help assess local mining viability.