Bruno Pereira

PhD at University of Bristol (now at Museu da Lourinhã)


PhD title: "Mesozoic Echinoderms from Portugal: quality of the fossil record, phylogeny and biogeography"

Bruno was born in Portugal in 1984. At a tender age, he developed the passion for Geology, especially Palaeontology. He loves fossils since he can remember, and he was always egger to go out and collect them. He focused his studies on invertebrates and he is currently specializing on Echinoderms, namely echinoids (sea-urchins).

In 2002, he started his undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon. He coursed Geology and Natural resources, finishing his degree in 2006. After obtaining his diploma, he performed a few tasks linked to his degree.

A few years later, he decided to take a master’s course on the same university. The master was in Geology, branch of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Palaeontology. His master’s thesis was entitled “Ossículos de equinodermes do Miocénico da Península de Setúbal”, versing about Echinoderm microremains found on outcrops to the South of Lisbon. Those remains were dated from the Miocene.

In 2011, he obtained funding from FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Tecnology) to do a PhD in the University of Bristol and the New University of Lisbon. On his thesis, Bruno is studying the Echinoderm faunas from the Mesozoic of Portugal.