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Mr Ricardo Celestino



I am a Ph.D. student at the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) supervised by Prof. Stephen Hesselbo (University of Exeter) Prof. Stuart Robinson (University of Oxford) and Prof Erdem Idiz (University of Oxford). 

For this project, I am working on facies analysis, organic geochemistry, chemostratigraphy, and quantitative mineralogy of Early Jurassic mudrocks of NW Europe with focus on the Posidonienschiefer of NW Germany. 

This project will add further information on the Lower Jurassic epicontinental basin system of the Neotethyan Sea and help to get a better understanding of the depositional system and the preservation of organic matter during one of the major oceanic anoxic events.

At the University of Exeter I am part of the Deep Time Global Change Group and work closely together with the Shell-Oxford Research Group at the University of Oxford.




Celestino R., Wohlwend S., Rehakova D., Weissert H., (2017). Carbon isotope stratigraphy, biostratigraphy and sedimentology of the Upper Jurassic - Lower Cretaceous Rayda Formation, Central Oman Mountains. Newsletters on Stratigraphy. DOI: 10.1127/nos/2016/0309 (PDF)

Wohlwend S., Celestino R., Rehakova D., Huck S., Weissert H., (2017). Late Jurassic to Cretaceous evolution of the eastern Tethyan Hawasina Basin (Oman Mountains). Sedimentology. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12326 (PDF)



Celestino R., Ruhl M., Dickson A., Jenkyns H., Idiz E., Huggett J., Mattioli E., Minisini D., Weijers J., Tegelaar E., Hesselbo S., Integrated stratigraphy and geochemistry of the Early Jurassic Posidonienschiefer from the Lower Saxony Basin, NW Germany ; EGU, Vienna, Austria, 2017

Celestino R., Wohlwend S., Rehakova D., Weissert H., The Valanginian Weissert event recorded in the Oman Mountains – C-isotope stratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous Rayda Formation; Conference "Climates of the past - lessons for the future, Ascona, 2015



Celestino R., Huggett J., Hesselbo S., Automated mineral particle analysis as a tool in paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic studies; SEPM-AAPG Mudstone Diagenesis Research Conference, Santa Fe, NM, 2016

Celestino R., Wohlwend S., Rehakova D., Weissert H., Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous evolution of the Arabian Platform in the Central Oman Mountains; 19th International Sedimentology Congress, Geneva, 2014



2012–2014 Master of Science in Geology, ETH Zurich

Master Thesis: Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous evolution of the Arabian Platform and the Hawasina basin in the Central Oman Mountains.

Supervisors: Prof. Helmut Weissert and Prof. Michael Strasser


2008–2012 Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich

Bachelor Thesis: Evolution of the Kehrsiten coastal platform before and after Neolithic lake-dwelling settlements.

Supervisors: Prof. Flavio Anselmetti and Dr. Adrian Gilli


Twitter: @r_celestino