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Composition, origin and evolution of terrigenous organic matter in the Southern Continental Margin of Brazil throughout the Holocene: ´13C and ´D in specific lipid biomarkers in high resolution sediment cores

Grant number: 22/08779-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 10, 2023
Effective date (End): August 09, 2023
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Oceanography - Chemical Oceanography
Principal Investigator:Márcia Caruso Bícego
Grantee:Felipe Rodrigues dos Santos
Supervisor: Ioanna Bouloubassi
Host Institution: Instituto Oceanográfico (IO). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), France  
Associated to the scholarship:19/15252-1 - Composition, origin and evolution of the terrigenous organic matter in the South Continental margin of Brazil along Holocene: use of molecular markers and 13C in specific organic compounds in high resolution sediment cores, BP.DR


The marine environment can record climatic events that have occurred on the planet along with geological eras. As an important part of the autochthonous and allochthonous organic material present in the oceans are located in the continental margins, the use of long, continuous, and high-resolution sedimentary records obtained from marine mud depocenters can provide information on the biogeochemical processes that occurred in the past and how they have responded to environmental changes. The Southern Continental Margin of Brazil is under the influence of strongly coupled climatic-hydrological-oceanographic interaction, with the modern influence of the La Plata River Plume, however, with different terrigenous sources along the Holocene. In this context, and due to high chemical stability, source specificity, and low degradability, the variation and distribution of lipid biomarkers are useful tools to perform paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic reconstructions. In addition, a further enhancement of the lipid biomarkers approach is to examine the compound-specific stable carbon (´13C) and hydrogen (´D) isotopes giving new information and increasing the robustness and reliability of the interpretation. This study aims to carry out a research internship at the Sorbonne University with Dr. Ioanna Bouloubassi that will give additional ´13C and ´D data as well as interpretation during the Holocene in the Southern Brazilian Continental Margin. (AU)

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