Muhammad Bin Hassan (visiting PhD Student)

My PhD research is funded by FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil) and this project is a part of a thematic project “MarineE-Tech” (a Joint collaboration between NERC-Uk and FAPESP-Brazil). I study the Iron Manganese (Fe-Mn) crusts from the Atlantic Ocean (from Rio Grande Rise and Tropic Seamount). Despite the fact that the Fe-Mn crusts are rich in critical metals and mineral resources, they are also very important when it comes to investigating paleoceanography as they are among the best archives of past climate. I use different techniques such as rock magnetism, paleomagnetism and geochemistry as a tool to understand the paleoceanographic and paleoenvironmental conditions involved in the formation of Fe-Mn crusts. I am interested in marine mineral resources, marine geochemistry, sedimentology, biomagnetism, environmental magnetism, magnetostratigraphy and paleoceanography.


1. Magnetostratigraphic analysis of ferromanganese deposits (2017-2023)

2. A Comparative geochemical analysis of Fe-Mn crusts from Atlantic Ocean (2021-2022)


Hassan, M.B., Rodelli, D., Benites, M., Abreu, F., Murton, B. and Jovane, L., (2020). Presence of biogenic magnetite in ferromanganese nodules. Environmental microbiology reports12(3): 288-295. https://doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12831
Jovane, L., Florindo, F., Wilson, G., de Almeida Pecchiai Saldanha Leone, S., Hassan, M.B., Rodelli, D. and Cortese, G., (2020). Magnetostratigraphic Chronology of a Cenozoic Sequence From DSDP Site 274, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Frontiers in Earth Science 8:563453

Conference Participation:
• 16th castle meeting; New trends on paleo, rock and environmental magnetism, European Center for Geological Education, Chęciny, Poland (2018)
• II Brazilian symposium on marine geology and geophysics, Porto Alegre-RS, Brazil (2019)
• International workshop: Multidisciplinary research on Rio Grande Rise, Ubatuba-SP, Brazil (2019)
• Kick-off meeting: Sea-Level changes and global monsoon system: Clues from marine IODP cores in Brazil – Paleoceanography of the Brazilian equatorial margin, Ubatuba-SP, Brazil (2019)