New PhD candidate: Aline Mega
Tell us a bit about the work you are/will be doing at CCMAR.
During my PhD at CCMAR, I will reconstruct seawater temperature, productivity, and acidification variability along the Iberian margin during key periods of the past. To this end, top-quality marine sequences from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene will be studied using a multiproxy approach (isotopes, trace elements, and assemblages) in planktonic foraminifera.
What were you doing before you joined us?
I was working as a visiting researcher at the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) in Lisbon studying the incursions of cold polar waters at the SW Iberian margin during the Early-to-Mid Pleistocene Transition using planktonic foraminifera assemblages.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I like to spend my free time reading mystery books from authors like Agatha Christie, discovering new restaurants, gastronomy, and cooking with my friends. During my vacations, I like to travel to different countries to explore new cultures and perspectives of life, and of course new gastronomy, which for me is the best way to experience the culture of a nation.