Biography

I am a geophysicist mostly interested in global observational seismology, and I investigate the structure of the deep Earth through seismic waves. Throughout my career to date, I have had the chance to investigate our planet at different depth scales: from the Earth’s crust to its inner core. During my BSc and MPhil projects, I combined multiple geophysical tools (e.g., gravity and magnetic data, seismic reflection profiles, and remote sensing) to study the resource potential (oil & gas) and deformational history of the Parnaíba sedimentary basin in Northern Brazil. This research kindled my interest in the influence of deeper structures on Earth’s surface processes, which led me to pursue a Ph.D. in the development and application of different techniques to image the Earth’s deep interior. My current research involves probing the physical properties of the Earth’s inner core and identification of seismic interfaces in the mid-mantle (800-1300 km depth).

In addition to my passion for Earth’s sciences, l enjoy cycling, lifting, and horse riding. I am also an advocate for young people’s mental health and very enthusiastic about creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, as demonstrated by my active role as the co-chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) committee within the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at ANU.

Please check the outreach section to know a bit more about some exciting activities I am developing/participating.

What if we could use a telescope to look at the very center of our planet? How exciting this would be to you? Well, I am not using telescopes but rather ground motion records from large earthquakes to probe the physical properties of the deepest part of our Earth’s inner core! This work is one of my Ph.D. researches I have presented at the #AGU100, San Francisco.

Education

Since 2018: PhD student in Seismology, RSES, The Australian National University, Australia.

2013 – 2015: MPhil in Geophysics. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

2009 – 2012: BSc in Geophysics. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Heartwarming awards:

2020 The brightest smile award (RSES, ANU)

2019 PhD night owl award (RSES, ANU)

2018 Best talk award (RSES Student Conference, ANU)

Extracurricular activities

2021 Co-chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) committee within the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at ANU, Australia.

2021 Representative of the IDEA committee on the College of Science at ANU.

2018 Volunteer work doing education outreach in regional communities in Colombia.

2017 Tutor in physics, maths and English, Brazil.

2016 Research Internship in the Seismology & Mathematical Geophysics group, Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at ANU, Australia.

2012 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) Student Chapter at UFRN, Brazil.

Fellowships

2018 International PhD Scholarship, ANU
2013-2015 Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP, Chevron). Graduate research fellowship.
2012 Brazilian Geophysical Society (SBGf). Undergraduate research
fellowship.
2009- 2011 Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). Undergraduate research fellowship.

You can also find me at:

http://rses.anu.edu.au/people/students/thuany-costa-de-lima

@costadelima_tp