PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, 2018
Master of Science (Coastal, Marine and Sedimentary Geology), Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA- Brazil), 2011
Bachelor (Honours) in Geography, Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA- Brazil), 2003
Biography and research interests:
Rafael is a Physical Geographer with a research focus on coastal sedimentology and geomorphology, water resources and marine conservation. He has more than 15 years of experience in GIS and Remote Sensing applied to the following environments: Coral Reefs, Beaches, Estuaries, Rock Platforms, Continental Shelves and Coastal Catchments.
Before joining the Marine Mapping Group at Deakin, Rafael was employed as a full-time lecturer and associate research fellow at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Wollongong. During this time, Rafael had the opportunity to teach and coordinate spatial and environmental sciences subjects. He was also involved in the investigation of several coastal and marine projects including the response of NSW estuaries to climate change, the morphology of rock platforms in relation to wave energy, and the underwater mapping of reefs in the Illawarra (NSW).
After many years of coastal consultancy and research, which resulted in several publications, conference presentations and technical reports, Rafael moved to Australia in 2013 to start his PhD entitled “Sediment budget of the Shoalhaven Coastal Compartment”. His thesis adopted a framework that investigated various sedimentary sources and sinks to the nearshore and compared the net gain with the observed rate of estuarine and beach accretion. His PhD research raised strong interest by local, state and national administrative levels of the Australian Government and made him the recipient of the 23rd NSW Coastal Conference student award.