Dr Victoria Milanez Fernandes


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at GFZ Potsdam. My work focuses on integrating geological observations with quantitative geophysical and geomorphological models. Specifically, my research encompasses complementary avenues: (1) Extricating past vertical motions from the stratigraphic record using novel data and analysis of global datasets; and (2) Understanding how different geological processes shape Earth’s surface by integrating geological information with modelling approaches that quantify surface process interactions with climate and tectonics.

With a focus on Southern Patagonia, my current research combines low-temperature thermochronology with cosmogenic nuclide dating to investigates how the impacts of climate change in glacial regions are translated downstream into fluvial channels and depositional sinks. Additionally, I aim to gain insight into the role of climate change, tectonics and geodynamics on the topographic evolution of Patagonia. My project is part of the ERC GyroSCoPe Project, aimed at better understanding how periodic changes in climate affect Earth-surface processes.

Previously, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London. In my research, I combined geological and geophyscial observations to constrain the evolution of the Earth’s surface, particularly the role of sub-plate support on the generation of continental-scale topographic patterns. This project was part of the NERC MC2: Mantle Convection Constrained Project, aimed at generating the most spatially and temporally complete set of observational constraints on mantle circulation.

Primary research interests:

  • Quantifying landscape evolution at various spatio-temporal scales fom a modelling and observational perspective.
  • Constraining the timing and patterns of mantle-driven vertical motions of the Earth’s surface.
  • Paleoenvironmental and paleobathymetric reconstructions of marine environments.
  • Constraining subsidence and sedimentary flux history at passive continental margins.