Patricia Rita


GeoZentrum Nordbayern
Universität Erlangen
Loewenichstr. 28
91054 Erlangen
Telefon: +49 9131 / 85-23325
Fax: +49 9131 / 85-22690

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Research interests

  • Cephalopods body size responses to stressfull conditions in Pliensbachian-Toarcian
  • Ecostratigraphic analysis and paleoecology of benthic foraminiferal assemblages across the Pliensbachian-Toarcian interval
  • Geochemical proxies (palaeoproductivity proxies, redox proxies and TOC) as indicators of the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event

Academic career

2016-onwards: PhD student in J-body project of the TERSANE research unit, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

2013-2015: MSc in Geosciences – Petroleum Geology Branch, Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra (Portugal)

2010-2013: BSc in Geology in Department of Earth Sciences, University of Coimbra (Portugal)

Membership in scientific associations

  • MARE (Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre) (Portugal)
  • Sociedad Española de Paleontología (Spain)
  • Paläontologische Gesellschaft (Germany)

Publications & Conference contributions


Rita, P., Reolid, M., Duarte, L. V. (2016). Benthic foraminiferal assemblages record major environmental perturbations during the Late Pliensbachian–Early Toarcian interval in the Peniche GSSP, Portugal. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 454, pp.267-281. DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.04.039

Duarte, L. V., Silva, R. L., Azerêdo, A. C., Paredes, R., Rita, P. (2014). The Coimbra Formation at the S. Pedro de Moel region (western Portugal). Lithological characterization, lithostratigraphic definition and sequential interpretation. Comunicações Geológicas, 101, volume especial I, pp. 421-425

Conference contributions

Rita, P., Reolid, M., Duarte, L. V.(2016). Efeitos do EOA-T nas dimensões das carapaças de foraminíferos no perfil de Peniche (Bacia Lusitânica) in Legoinha, P., Rocha, R., Callapez, P. (eds.). NovaPaleo Symposium Abstracts Book, pp. 12-15.

Rita, P., Reolid, M., Duarte, L. V. (2015). Benthic foraminiferal record of the uppermost Pliensbachian - lower Toarcian of the Peniche section, Lusitanian Basin, Portugal: ecostratigraphy and palaeocological interpretation. XXXI Jornadas de Paleontología (Spain) Abstract book, pp. 258-260

Rita, P., Reolid, M., Duarte, L. V. (2015). Benthic foraminiferal assemblages: a clue to the palaeoecology and palaeoenvironment of the Pliensbachian- Toarcian transition of Peniche (Lusitanian Basin, Portugal). Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 17, EGU 2015

Rita, P. & Duarte, L. V. (2014). Petrographic analysis from the top of the Coimbra Formation at the S. Pedro de Moel region (Portugal). Livro de Actas do IV Congresso dos Jovens Investigadores em Geociências, pp. 61-64

Other Activities

2015: Erasmus + intern in University of Jaén – Micropaleontology research activity on benthic foraminifera

2015: Research fellow in University of Jaén – Paleoecology of benthic foraminifera of Pliensbachian – Toarcian interval

2014: Research fellow in “Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre” – Petrographic analysis of limestone samples of Coimbra Formation (Lower Jurassic)