Duarte Soares

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Dr Duarte Soares joined ITOPF in 2017. He is a geologist with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience and a PhD in seismic stratigraphy. His doctoral research focused on the stratigraphical and sedimentological changes triggered by lithospheric breakup and observed from shallow to deep marine environments.

Previous Experience

Before joining ITOPF, Duarte worked as a geologist for the hydrocarbon industry in the UK evaluating the hydrocarbon potential of several basins around the world and doing international business development focused on South and Central America. He also worked in Angola as a geologist on a diamond mine and prospecting for gold and base metals. He has undertaken brief incursions in the fields of geothermal energy, geoarchaeology and environmental impact studies and during his PhD research worked as a teaching assistant, mainly on geological field work-related courses.

ITOPF Working Groups

Duarte is a member of the Environmental Damage Working Group.


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French (basic)

Published papers

Soares, D., Alves T. & Terrinha, P. (2014): Contourite drifts on early passive margins as indicators of established lithospheric breakup. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 401, p. 116-131.

Soares, D., Alves T. & Terrinha, P. (2012): The Breakup Sequence and associated Lithospheric Breakup Surface: Their significance in the context of rifted continental margins (West Iberia and Newfoundland Margins, North Atlantic). Earth and Planetary Science Letters 355-356, p. 311-326.

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