I am a geophysicist interested in global observational seismology. During my PhD, I use records of large earthquakes around the globe to investigate the structure of the deep Earth.

Up to date, I have had the chance to study our planet at different depth scales; during my BSc and MPhil projects, I combined multiple geophysical tools (e.g., gravity and magnetic geophysical data processing & analysis, seismic reflection, and remote sensing) to explore 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 seismic imaging of upper-mantle discontinuities.

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 my 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.


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

2013 – 2016: MPhil in Geophysics. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

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

Extracurricular activities

2021-2023 Co-chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access (IDEA) committee within the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES) at ANU, Australia.

2021-2023 HDR representative of the IDEA committee in the College of Science at ANU.

2021 Member of the Diversity committee of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG).

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

2016-2017 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.

2011-2012 President of the Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG) Student Chapter at UFRN, Brazil.

Heartwarming awards:

2022 Gym Junkie of RSES (voted by the RSES community, ANU)

2021 Most inspiring ECR talk award, AuScope 2021 conference, Canberra

2021 The brightest smile of RSES (voted by the RSES community, ANU)

2020 The brightest smile of RSES (voted by the RSES community, ANU)

2019 PhD night owl of RSES (voted by the RSES community, ANU)

2018 Best talk award (RSES Student Conference, ANU)


2022 Mervyn & Katalin Paterson Fellowship
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
2009- 2011 Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq). Undergraduate research fellowship.

Other skills and interests

I am a native speaker in Portuguese, and also speak English, and Spanish.

Mental Health First Aid Officer

Member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Member of the STEM Women, Australian Academy of Science.

I program in Python, and I am fairly familiar with Fortran, and bash scripting.

I love Salsa, Bolero, Samba, and Cha-cha-cha as much as any genuine Latino/a 🙂

You can also find me at:


Linkedin SeismoBunji

My GitHub