Gonçalo Prista


Born in 1982 in Lisbon, used to answer when asked, that he wanted to be Jacques Cousteau when grown up. Very soon this answer evolved to "biologist", and by the age of 6, he was completely focused on studying and understanding the wonders of life on Earth. Maybe the early answer was a strong clue, maybe there were other factors forcing that direction, and in 2007 he graduated in Marine Biology and Biotechnology at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. The passion for understanding all aspects related to life on Earth led him to experience different fields in biology. He worked in ecotoxicology at the University of Aveiro and back at his graduation institute, in soil moisture at the University of Salamanca, in environmental consultancy in Mozambique and Lisbon, and with the dolphins' populations of the south of Portugal. Finally, he decided to get a master degree and choose Marine Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon due to its multidisciplinary character. It was there where he found the perfect field to fulfill his desire to understand life, evolution, Earth, in sum, the cosmos: paleontology and cosmo(paleo)climatology. He got his master degree in 2012 and is currently in his final year of his Ph.D. course in Sea Sciences, being also a member of the board of Sociedade de História Natural in Torres Vedras and an affiliated of Wilder.



Gonçalo is specializing in studying how climate evolution and climatic events affect biodiversity evolution. His main goal is to understand how the climate evolution of the Cenozoic conditioned the biodiversity evolution during the same time interval. Since 2010 that he studies the evolution of Euro/North African Sirenians (manatees and dugongs), and with his PhD he started working with calcareous nannofossils, specifically Coccolithus pelagicus, covering the entire Cenozoic. However, for him the Earth should not be seen or studied as an isolated body, it should be looked at in the same way that we look at any species, i.e., taking into account the environment where it belongs. For that reason he also studies the changes of the Milky Way environment near the Solar System over the last 100 million years, and how these may have forced the Cenozoic climate evolution, indirectly affecting the biodiversity.

@ Paleowire

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* Founding Member
* Contributes in the following fields:
- Paleontology;
- Macropaleontology;
- Micropaleontology;
- Nannoplankton;
- Paleoclimatology;
- Cosmoclimatology.

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