Geo- und Kosmochemie

  Vera A. Fernandes, Ph.D. - e-Mail
M.Sc. (Geol.)

Institut für Geowissenschaften
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234-236
69120 Heidelberg

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Education and employment
    1989-1991 State University of New York at Morrisville, A.A.S. in General Horticulture, 1991
    1993-1996 Syracuse University, New York, B.Sc. in Geology, 1996
    1993-1996 Syracuse University, New York
    1996-1999 State University of New York at Albany, Masters of Science in Geochemistry, 1999: Apollo 14 volcanic green glasses A and B
    1999-2002 Marie Curie Fellow at the Victoria University of Manchester, England. Ph.D.: 40Ar-39Ar age determination and petrography of lunar samples: Luna mission and meteorites
    2002 International Space University, Summer Session Program 2002 at the California Polytech University in Pomona, California
    2003-2007 Post-Doc Fellow of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia at Instituto Geofísico da Universidade de Coimbra and University of Manchester
    2007-2009 Post-Doc Fellow of Berkeley Geochronology Center, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.
    2010-2011 Post-Doc Institute of Physics, University of Bern, Switzerland
    since 2011 DFG-ICDP Research Fellow - Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Scientific interests
    • Age determinatin of terrestrial impact structures using detailed 40Ar/39Ar method, and detailed EMPA and SEM characterization of the impactites (DFG-ICDP project on Improving the age for Chesapeake and Popigai impact craters).
    • Early Earth-Moon impact flux: 40Ar/39Ar method, and detailed EMPA and SEM characterization Apollo 16 and 17 crustal material.
    • Lunar volcanically active period: 40Ar/39Ar method, and detailed EMPA and SEM characterization of Luna 16 and 24 basalts and basaltic meteorites
    • Azores islands: basalt isotope composition evolution over time.

  • Selected publications
    • Fernandes V. A., Hopp J., Schwarz W., Trieloff M. and Reimold W. U. (2012) Re-evaluation of the Chesapeake Bay crater impact age: New 40Ar-39Ar step-heating results for North American Tektites. LPSC XLIII, abst.# 1775 (CD-ROM).
    • Fernandes V. A. and Artemieva N. (2012) Impact ejecta temperature profile on the Moon - what are the effects on the Ar-Ar dating method? LPSC XLIII, abst.# 1367 (CD-ROM).
    • Weider S.Z., Kellett B.J., Swinyard B.M., Joy K.H., Crawford 1 I.A., Grande M., Howe C.J., Sreekumar P., Huovelin J., Narendranath S., Alha L., Anand M., Athiray P.S., Bhandari N. , Carter J., Cook A.T., d'Uston L.C., Fernandes V.A., Gasnault O., Goswami J.N., Gow J., Holland A., Koschny D., Lawrence D., Maddison B.J., Maurice S., McKay D.J., Okada T., Pieters C., Rothery D., Russell S.S., Shrivastava A., Smith D. and Wieczorek M. (2011) The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: First Results. Planetary and Space Science 60, 217-228.
    • Joy K. H., Burgess R., Hinton R., Fernandes V. A., Crawford I. A., Kearsley A. T., Irving A. J. and EIMF (2011) Petrogenesis and Chronology of Lunar Meteorite North West Africa 4472: A KREEPy regolith breccia from the Moon.
    • Shearer C.K., Burger P.V., Neal C., Sharp Z., Spivak-Birndorf L., Borg L., Fernandes V.A. , Papike J.J., Karner J., Wadhwa M., Gaffney A., Shafer J., Geissman J., Atudorei N-V., Herd C. , Weiss B.P., and King P. (2010): Non-basaltic asteroidal melting during the earliest stages of solar system evolution. A view from Antarctic achondrites Graves Nunatak 06128 and 06129. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74, 1172-1199.
    • Fernandes V.A., Burgess R. and Morris A.(2009) Ar-Ar age determinations of lunar basalt meteorites: Asuka 881757, Yamato 793169, Miller Range 05035, La Paz 02205, North West Africa 479 and Elephant Moraine 96008. Met. And Planet. Sci. vol. 44, 805-821.
    • Haloda, J., Tycova, P., Korotev, R.L., Fernandes, V.A., Burgess, R., Jakes, P., Gabzdyl, P. and Kosler, J. (2009) Petrology, geochemistry, and age of low-Ti mare-basalt meteorite Northeast Africa 003-A: A possible member of the Apollo 15 mare basaltic suite. Geoch. et Cosmoch. Acta, 73, 3450-3470.
    • Sokol A.K., Fernandes V. A., Schulz T., Bischoff A., Burgess R., Clayton R.N., Münker C., Nishiizumi K., Palme H., Schultz L., Weckwerth G., Mezger K. (2008) Geochemistry, petrology and ages of the lunar meteorites Kalahari 008 and 009: new constraints on early lunar evolution. Geoch. et Cosmoch. Acta, 72, 4845-4873.
    • Fernandes, V.A. and Burgess, R (2005): Volcanism in Mare Fecunditatis and Mare Crisium: Ar-Ar studies. Geoch. Et Cosmoch. Acta, 69, 4919-4934.
    • Fernandes, V.A., Burgess, R. and Turner, G. (2003): Ar-Ar chronology of lunar meteorites Northwest Africa 032 and 773. Met. And Planet. Sci., 38, 555-564.


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