Catarina Ritter: Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso – University of Pittsburgh

(4 months)

Environmental Sciences

Catarina’s area of interest is Paleoecology, with a focus in the anthropogenic impacts upon human arrival in the Azores archipelago. She will use a geochemical-based approach, complementing the biological component studied thus far. To be able to develop part of her research in the U.S. will be a relevant step towards improving the scientific knowledge of paleoecology in mid-latitude
islands as well as unravel controversial questions related to human settlement. This chance will also be an important milestone for her professional career path and personal development.