Dr. Adriana Alves, a geologist with a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of São Paulo (USP), has dedicated her career to unraveling the mysteries of the Paraná-Etendeka Magmatic Province (PMP). This vast expanse of solidified lava, one of the world’s largest intracontinental basalt formations, emerged following massive volcanic eruptions, marking the beginning of the Atlantic Ocean’s formation. While other magmatic provinces like Siberia have been extensively studied, the volcanic events that birthed the PMP remain relatively unexplored. Dr. Alves’ research delves into this fascinating geological puzzle, primarily identifying the gases released into the atmosphere during the PMP’s formation.
In addition to her research and teaching commitments, Adriana balances her time as a mother to her young daughters, Flora and Serena. She also serves as the chair of the Ethics and Human Rights Commission of the Institute of Geosciences at USP and is passionately committed to combating racism in science.
Brazil is home to one of Earth’s most remarkable geological features: the Paraná-Etendeka Magmatic Province (PMP), a vast expanse of intracontinental basalt that emerged during the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. While provinces of similar size and composition have been associated with major mass extinction events due to the release of toxic gases, this phenomenon does not seem to have occurred during the formation of the PMP. To unravel this climatic enigma, this project is embarking on an ambitious project to decipher the intricate relationship between the PMP’s magmatism and its environmental impacts. To achieve this, it will be essential to ascertain the composition and volume of gases emitted by the PMP’s volcanoes, as well as the extrusion rates of the magmas that constituted the Province.