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Dr. Rodrigo da Costa Portilho Ramos


Marine Sedimentology




Rodrigo Portilho
Cold-water corals
Lophelia pertusa from Porcupine Seabight - Irish continental margin. MARUM ROV


  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Marine Geology
  • Sedimentology

Research Topics

  • Late Qua­tern­ary Pa­leocean­o­graphy
  • Pa­leo­cli­mate in South Amer­ica
  • Paleoceanography of At­lantic Ocean
  • Mil­len­nial-scale events
  • Response of Cold Wa­ter Corals to pa­leocean­o­graphic / pa­leo­cli­mate changes

Curriculum Vitae

2017 – Present

Post-doc researcher within the project: ATLAS at MARUM - Bremen/Germany

2016 - 2017

Postdoctorate Position in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Laboratory, University of São Pau-lo, São Paulo/Brazil

2012 - 2014

Postdoctorate Position within the project: AMADEUS at MARUM - Bremen/Germany

2010 - 2012

Postdoctorate Position at the Department of Environmental Geochemistry at the Federal University Fluminense (UFF), Brazil.

2006 - 2010

Ph.D. degree in Geosciences at the Department of Environmental Geochemistry at the Federal University Fluminense (UFF), Brazil.

2004 - 2006

Master degree in Geosciences at the Department of Environmental Geochemistry at the Federal University Fluminense (UFF), Brazil.

2004 - 2008

Teaching Degree in Biology/Life Science. (Brazilian Licenciatura)

Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UNIRIO, Brazil.

1998 - 2003

Bachelor Degree in Biology/Life Science (B.Sc.) at Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, UNIRIO, Brazil.



  • Dynamic of the shallow oxygen minimum zones off West Africa during the Heinrich Stadials over the last 70,000 years: drivers and impacts for benthic ecosystems

  • iAtlantic - Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time (2020-2021)


  • ATLAS - A Trans-Atlantic Assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based Spatial management plan for Europe (2016-2020).
  • AMADEUS - Response of sedimentation Amazon to deforestation, land use and climate variability (Expedition RV Maria S. Merian MSM20 / 3, Spring 2012).
  • RETRO - Response of tropical Atlantic surface and intermediate waters to changes in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (ESF-Project within EuroMARC).
  • Biofacies of foraminifera in cold/gas seeps of the Brazilian continental slope of Santos Basin


Scientific crew member

  • RV PELAGIA : 64PE449 KUNOXI, Angola - Namibia, February 15th - March 10th, 2019.
  • RV MARION DUFRESNE : MD 173 RETRO, Fortaleza-Brazil, October 17-26, 2009 .


Barreto, CF, da Silva de Freitas, A, de Souza, TCS, de Toledo, MB, da Costa Portilho-Ramos, R, dos Reis, AT and da Silva, CG (2024) A late Quaternary palynological record from the southeastern margin of Brazil: Implications for the evolution of palaeoceanography, palaeoclimates and vegetation over the last 109 kyr. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 641. 112138. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2024.112138

Pinho, TML, Chiessi, CM, Campos, MC, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Martínez-Méndez, G, Venancio, IM, Nascimento, RA, Crivellari, S, Albuquerque, ALS, Arz, HW, Tiedemann, R, Bahr, A and Mulitza, S (2023) Thermodynamic air-sea equilibration controls carbon isotopic composition of the South Atlantic thermocline during the last glacial period. Global and Planetary Change, 229. 104223. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2023.104223

Korpanty, CA, Hoffman, L, da Costa Portilho-Ramos, R, Titschack, J, Wienberg, C and Hebbeln, D (2023) Decline in cold-water coral growth promotes molluscan diversity: A paleontological perspective from a cold-water coral mound in the western Mediterranean Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9. doi:10.3389/fmars.2022.895946

Portilho-Ramos, RC, Titschack, J, Wienberg, C, Siccha Rojas, MG, Yokoyama, Y and Hebbeln, D (2022) Major environmental drivers determining life and death of cold-water corals through time. PLOS Biology, 20(5). e3001628. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.3001628

Santos, TP, Shimizu, MH, Nascimento, RA, Venancio, IM, Campos, MC, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Ballalai, JM, Lessa, DO, Crivellari, S, Nagai, RH, Chiessi, CM, Kuhnert, H, Bahr, A and Albuquerque, ALS (2022) A data-model perspective on the Brazilian margin surface warming from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews, 286. 107557. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107557

Chiessi, CM, Mulitza, S, Taniguchi, NK, Prange, M, Campos, MC, Häggi, C, Schefuß, E, Pinho, TML, Frederichs, T, Portilho‐Ramos, RC, Sousa, SHM, Crivellari, S and Cruz, FW (2021) Mid‐ to late Holocene contraction of the Intertropical Convergence Zone over northeastern South America. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36(4). doi:10.1029/2020PA003936

Nascimento, RA, Santos, TP, Venancio, IM, Chiessi, CM, Ballalai, JM, Kuhnert, H, Govin, A, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Lessa, D, Dias, BB, Pinho, TML, Crivellari, S, Mulitza, S and Albuquerque, ALS (2021) Origin of δ13C minimum events in thermocline and intermediate waters of the western South Atlantic. Quaternary Science Reviews, 272. 107224. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107224

Pinho, TML, Chiessi, CM, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Campos, MC, Crivellari, S, Nascimento, RA, Albuquerque, ALS, Bahr, A and Mulitza, S (2021) Meridional changes in the South Atlantic Subtropical Gyre during Heinrich Stadials. Scientific Reports, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-021-88817-0

Campos, MC, Chiessi, CM, Venancio, IM, Pinho, TML, Crivellari, S, Kuhnert, H, Schmiedl, G, Díaz, RA, Albuquerque, ALS, Portilho‐Ramos, RC, Bahr, A and Mulitza, S (2020) Constraining millennial‐scale changes in Northern Component Water ventilation in the western tropical South Atlantic. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 35(7). doi:10.1029/2020PA003876

Venancio, IM, Shimizu, MH, Santos, TP, Lessa, DO, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Chiessi, CM, Crivellari, S, Mulitza, S, Kuhnert, H, Tiedemann, R, Vahlenkamp, M, Bickert, T, Sampaio, G, Albuquerque, ALS, Veiga, S, Nobre, P and Nobre, C (2020) Changes in surface hydrography at the western tropical Atlantic during the Younger Dryas. Global and Planetary Change, 184. 103047. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103047

Crivellari, S, Chiessi, CM, Kuhnert, H, Häggi, C, Mollenhauer, G, Hefter, J, Portilho-Ramos, R, Schefuß, E and Mulitza, S (2019) Thermal response of the western tropical Atlantic to slowdown of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 519. 120-129. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.05.006

Hebbeln, D, da Costa Portilho-Ramos, R, Wienberg, C and Titschack, J (2019) The fate of cold-water corals in a changing world: a geological perspective. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6. doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00119

Waelbroeck, C, Lougheed, BC, Vazquez Riveiros, N, Missiaen, L, Pedro, J, Dokken, T, Hajdas, I, Wacker, L, Abbott, P, Dumoulin, JP, Thil, F, Eynaud, F, Rossignol, L, Fersi, W, Albuquerque, AL, Arz, HW, Austin, WEN, Came, R, Carlson, AE, Collins, JA, Dennielou, B, Desprat, S, Dickson, A, Elliot, M, Farmer, C, Giraudeau, J, Gottschalk, J, Henderiks, J, Hughen, K, Jungblut, S, Knutz, P, Lebreiro, SM, Lund, DC, Lynch-Stieglitz, J, Malaizé, B, Marchitto, T, Martínez-Méndez, G, Mollenhauer, G, Naughton, F, Nave, S, Nürnberg, D, Oppo, D, Peck, V, Peeters, FJC, Penaud, A, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Repschläger, J, Roberts, J, Rühlemann, C, Salgueiro, E, Sánchez Goñi, MF, Schönfeld, J, Scussolini, P, Skinner, LC, Skonieczny, C, Thornalley, D, Toucanne, S, Van Rooij, D, Vidal, L, Voelker, AHL, Wary, M, Weldeab, S and Ziegler, M (2019) Consistently dated Atlantic sediment cores over the last 40 thousand years. Scientific Data, 6(1). doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0173-8

da Costa Portilho-Ramos, R, Pinho, TML, Chiessi, CM and Barbosa, CF (2019) Understanding the mechanisms behind high glacial productivity in the southern Brazilian margin. Climate of the Past, 15(3). 943-955. doi:10.5194/cp-15-943-2019 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Crivellari, S, Chiessi, CM, Kuhnert, H, Häggi, C, da Costa Portilho-Ramos, R, Zeng, JY, Zhang, Y, Schefuß, E, Mollenhauer, G, Hefter, J, Alexandre, F, Sampaio, G and Mulitza, S (2018) Increased Amazon freshwater discharge during late Heinrich Stadial 1. Quaternary Science Reviews, 181. 144-155. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.12.005 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Pereira, LS, Arz, HW, Pätzold, J and Portilho‐Ramos, RC (2018) Productivity evolution in the South Brazilian Bight during the last 40,000 years. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 33(12). 1339-1356. doi:10.1029/2018PA003406 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Portilho-Ramos, RC, Cruz, APS, Barbosa, CF, Rathburn, AE, Mulitza, S, Venancio, IM, Schwenk, T, Rühlemann, C, Vidal, L, Chiessi, CM and Silveira, CS (2018) Methane release from the southern Brazilian margin during the last glacial. Scientific Reports, 8(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24420-0 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Mulitza, S, Chiessi, CM, Schefuß, E, Lippold, J, Wichmann, D, Antz, B, Mackensen, A, Paul, A, Prange, M, Rehfeld, K, Werner, M, Bickert, T, Frank, N, Kuhnert, H, Lynch-Stieglitz, J, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Sawakuchi, AO, Schulz, M, Schwenk, T, Tiedemann, R, Vahlenkamp, M and Zhang, Y (2017) Synchronous and proportional deglacial changes in Atlantic meridional overturning and northeast Brazilian precipitation. Paleoceanography, 32(6). 622-633. doi:10.1002/2017PA003084 PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Portilho-Ramos, RC, Chiessi, CM, Zhang, Y, Mulitza, S, Kucera, M, Siccha, M, Prange, M and Paul, A (2017) Coupling of equatorial Atlantic surface stratification to glacial shifts in the tropical rainbelt. Scientific Reports, 7(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01629-z PANGAEA Supplementary Data

Zhang, Y, Chiessi, CM, Mulitza, S, Sawakuchi, AO, Häggi, C, Zabel, M, Portilho-Ramos, RC, Schefuß, E, Crivellari, S and Wefer, G (2017) Different precipitation patterns across tropical South America during Heinrich and Dansgaard-Oeschger stadials. Quaternary Science Reviews, 177. 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.10.012 PANGAEA Supplementary Data