Habilitation in Geology, 2009, University of Évora
PhD in Geology, 2000, University of Évora
MSc in Internal Geodynamics, University of Lisbon
Assistant Professor with Habilitation, University of Évora

Scientific Interests: Stratigraphy, Tectonics, Geochronology, Structural Geology, Geological Mapping,

ORCID: 0000-0001-9032-2318
email: mpereira@uevora.pt




[69] Pereira, M.F., Díez Fernández, R., Gama, C., Hofmann, M., Gärtner, A., Linnemann, U. (2017). S-type granite generation and emplacement during a regional switch from extensional to contractional deformation (Central Iberian Zone, Iberian autochthonous domain, Variscan Orogeny). International Journal of earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-017-1488-3.

[68] Pereira, M. F., Gutíerrez-Alonso, G., Murphy, J. B., Drost, K., Gama, C., Silva, J. B. (2017). Birth and demise of the Rheic Ocean magmatic arc(s): Combined U–Pb and Hf isotope analyses in detrital zircon from SW Iberia siliciclastic strata. Lithos, 278-281: 383-399.

[67] Pereira, M.F., Gama, C. (2017). Detrital provenance of the Upper Triassic siliciclastic rocks from southwest Iberia: a review. Journal of Iberian Geology. DOI:10.1007/s41513-017-0010-x.

[66] Díez Fernández, R., Fuenlabrada, J.M., Chichorro, M., Pereira, M.F., Sánchez-Martínez, S., Silva, J.B., Arenas, R. (2017). Geochemistry and tectonostratigraphy of the basal allochthonous units of SW Iberia (Évora Massif, Portugal): Keys to the reconstruction of pre-Pangean paleogeography in southern Europe. Lithos 268-271: 285-301.

[65] Díez Fernández, R., Pereira, M.F. (2017). Strike-slip shear zones of the Iberian Massif: Are they coeval? Lithosphere, 9 (5): 726-744.

[64] Pereira, M.F., Vilallonga, F., Ribeiro, C., Gama, C., Drost, K., Chichorro, M., Hofmann, M., Linnemann, U. (2017). Provenance of Upper Triassic sandstone, SW Iberia: tracing variability in the sources. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 106 (1): 43-57.

[63] Padel, M., Alvaro, J.J., Clausen, S., Guillot, F., Poujol, M., Chichorro, M., Concert, E., Pereira, M.F., Vizcaino, D. (2017). U-Pb laser ablation ICP-MS zircon dating across the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition of the Montagne Noire, southern France. Comptes Rendus Geosciences, DOI: 10.1016/j.crte.2016.11.002.


[62] Dias da Silva, Í., Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., (2016). Variscan extension and shortening in the Ossa-Morena Zone (Iberia): Structure of the northern hanging-wall block of the Évora Massif, IX Congreso Geológico de España – Simpósio S10: Del Cinturón Varisco al Sistema Alpino: Tectónica y Neotectónica de Iberia. Geotemas, Sociedad Geológica de España, Huelva, pp. 499-502.

[61] Díez Fernández, R., Arenas, R., Pereira, M.F., Sánchez Martínez, S. Albert, R. Martín Parra, L.M., Rubio Pascual, F.J., Matas, J. (2016). Evolución tectónica del Macizo Ibérico durante la orogenia Varisca: colisión Gondwana – Laurrusia. IX Congreso Geológico de España – Simpósio S3: Correlacion de los Terrenos Alóctonos del No y SO del Macizo Ibérico. Geotemas, Sociedad Geológica de España, Huelva, pp. 623-627.

[60] Dias da Silva, Í., Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., (2016). Superposition relations of microfabrics in the northern hanging-wall block of the Évora Massif (Ossa-Morena Zone), IX Congreso Geológico de España – Simpósio S9: Microestructuras en Ciencias de la Tierra. Geotemas, Sociedad Geológica de España, Huelva, pp. 455-458.

[59] Pereira, M.F., Dias da Silva, Í., Gama, C., Castro, A., Fernández, C., (2016). Early Carboniferous synorogenic basins evolution of the Ossa-Morena and Galicia-Trás-os-Montes zones (Iberia): a tectonic model, IX Congreso Geológico de España – Simpósio S3: Correlación de los terrenos alóctonos del NO y SO del Macizo Ibérico. Geotemas, Sociedad Geológica de España, Huelva, pp. 191-194.

[58] Fernández, C., Díaz-Azpiroz, M., Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, C., Czeck, D.(2016). Kinematic model of triclinic transtension zones: The case of the Boa Fé shear zone (Ossa-Morena Zone, Iberian Variscan Massif). IX Congreso Geológico de España – esíon T1: Geologia Estrutural e Geotectónica. Geotemas, Sociedad Geológica de España, Huelva, pp. 459-463.

[57] Pereira, M.F., Castro, A., Dias da Silva, Í., Fernández, C., (2016). Granitic rocks of the European Variscan Belt: The case study of the Evora Massif (Alentejo, Portugal), in: García Navarro, E., Cantano Martín, M., Morales González, J.A. (Eds.), Geoguias. Sociedad Geológica de España, pp. 89-108.

[56] Pereira, M.F., (2016). Discussion of the detrital zircon geochronology of the Carboniferous Baixo Alentejo Flysch Group (South Portugal); constraints on the provenance and geodynamic evolution of the South Portuguese Zone, Journal of the Geological Society, 173:  398-400. DOI: 10.1144/jgs2013-084.

[55] Díez Fernández, R., Pereira, M. F. (2016). Extensional orogenic collapse captured by strike-slip tectonics: Constraints from structural geology and U–Pb geochronology of the Pinhel shear zone (Variscan orogen, Iberian Massif). Tectonophysics, 691: 290-310.

[54] Díez Fernández, R., Arenas, R., Pereira, M.F., Sánchez Martínez, S., Albert, R., Martín Parra, L.M., Rubio Pascual, F.J., Matas, J., (2016). Tectonic evolution of Variscan Iberia: Gondwana – Laurussia collision revisited. Earth-Science Reviews 162, 269-292.

[53] Pereira, M.F., Gama, C., Chichorro, M., Silva, J.B., Gutierrez-Alonso, G., Hofmann, M., Linnemann, U. (2016). Evidence for multi-cycle sedimentation and provenance constraints from detrital zircon U–Pb ages: Triassic strata of the Lusitanian basin (western Iberia). Tectonophysics 681: 318-331.

[52] Pereira, M.F., Albardeiro, L., Gama, C., Chichorro, M., Hofmann, M., Linnemann, U. (2016). Provenance of Holocene beach sand in the Western Iberian margin: the use of the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test for the deciphering of sediment recycling in a modern coastal system. Sedimentology, DOI: 10.1111/sed.12254.

[51] Díaz-Alvarado, J., Fernández, C., Chichorro, M., Castro, A., Pereira, M.F. (2016). Tracing the Cambro-Ordovician ferrosilicic to calc-alkaline magmatic association in Iberia by in situ U-Pb SHRIMP zircon geochronology (Gredos massif, Spanish Central System batholith). Tectonophysics, 681: 95-110.


[50] Moita, P., Santos, J.F., Pereira, M.F., Costa, M.M., Corfu, F. (2015).The quartz-dioritic Hospitais intrusion (SW Iberian Massif) and its mafic microgranular enclaves- Evidence for mineral clustering.  Lithos 224–225: 78–100

[49] Pereira, M.F. (2015). Discussion on ‘Detrital zircon geochronology of the Carboniferous Baixo Alentejo Flysch Group (South Portugal); constraints on the provenance and geodynamic evolution of the South Portuguese Zone’, Journal of the Geological Society, 172, 294–308.

[48] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Moita, P., Santos, J.F., Solá, A.M.R., Williams, I.S., Silva, J.B., Armstrong, R.A. (2015). The multistage crystallization of zircon in calc-alkaline granitoids: U–Pb age constraints on the timing of Variscan tectonic activity in SW Iberia. International Journal of Earth SciencesVolume 104, Issue 5, pp 1167-1183

[47] Díez-Fernandez, R., Pereira, M.F., Foster, D., (2015). Peralkaline and alkaline magmatism of the Ossa-Morena zone (SW Iberia): Age, source, and implications for the Paleozoic evolution of Gondwanan. Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L379.1

[46] Pereira, M.F. (2015). Potential sources of Ediacaran strata of Iberia: a review. Geodinamica Acta, Volume 1 (1):1-14, DOI: 10.1080/09853111.2014.957505.

[45] Pereira, M.F., Castro, A., Fernández, C. (2015). The inception of a Paleotethyan magmatic arc in Iberia. Geoscience Frontiers, 6: 297-306, DOI: 10.1016/j.gsf.2014.02.006


[44] Pereira, M.F., Castro, A. , Chichorro, M. , Fernández, C., Díaz-Alvarado, J., Martí, J., Rodríguez, C. (2014). Chronological link between deep-seated processes in magma chambers and eruptions: Permo-Carboniferous magmatism in the core of Pangaea (Southern Pyrenees). Gondwana Research, 25, Issue 1, 290-308.

[43] Álvaro, J.J., Bellido, F., Gasquet, D., Pereira, M.F., Quesada, C., Sánchez-García, T. (2014). Diachronism in the late Neoproterozoic–Cambrian arc-rift transition of North Gondwana: A comparison of Morocco and the Iberian Ossa-Morena Zone.Journal of African Earth Sciences, 98, 113-132

[42] Ferreira, A., Lopes, C., Chichorro, M., Pereira, M.F., Solá, A.R. (2014). Deciphering a multi-event in a non-complex set of detrital zircon U–Pb ages from Carboniferous graywackes of SW Iberia. Chemical Geology, 378–379, 62-74

[41] Albardeiro, L., Pereira, M.F., Gama, C., Chichorro, M., Hofmann, M., Linnemann, U. (2014). Sedimentary Provenance of Neogene Strata From the Southwestern Portuguese Coast (Sines Cape): Detrital Zircon U–Pb Geochronology. In Rocha, R., Pais, J., Kullberg, J. C., Finney, S. (eds.), STRATI 2013, First International Congress on Stratigraphy – At the Cutting Edge of Stratigraphy. Springer Geology, Heidelberg,707-710, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-04364-7_133

[40] Druguet, E., Castro, A., Chichorro, M., Pereira, M.F., Fernandez, C. (2014). Zircon geochronology of intrusive rocks from Cap de Creus, Eastern Pyrenees. Geological Magazine , DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0016756814000041, Published online: 11 March 2014.

[39] Albardeiro, L., Pereira, M.F., Gama, C., Chichorro, M., Hofmann, M., Linnemann, U. (2014). Provenance study of Pliocene–Pleistocene sands based on ancient detrital zircons (Alvalade Basin, SW Iberian Atlantic coast). Sedimentary Geology, 307, 47-58


[38] Pereira, M.F., Ribeiro, C., Vilallonga, F., Chichorro, M., Drost, K., Silva, J.B., Albardeiro, L., Hofmann, M., Linnemann, U., (2013). Variability over time in the sources of South-1 Portuguese Zone turbidites: evidence of denudation of different crustal blocks during the assembly of Pangaea. International Journal of Earth Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s00531-013-0902-8

[37] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Fernández, C., Silva, J.B., Matias, F., (2013). The role of strain localization in magma injection into a transtensional shear zone (Variscan belt, SW Iberia)Journal of the Geological Society, 170, 93-105.

[36] Sánchez-García, T., Pereira, M.F., Bellido, F., Chichorro, M., Silva, J.B., Valverde-Vaquero, P., Pin, Ch., Solá, A.R., (2013). Early Cambrian granitoids of the Ossa-Morena Zone (SW Iberia) in the transition from a convergent setting to intra-continental rifting in the Northern margin of Gondwana. International Journal of Earth Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s00531-013-0939-8.


[35] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., Chichorro, M., Ordonez-Casado, B., Lee, J.K.W., Williams, I.S. (2012). Early Carboniferous wrenching, exhumation of high-grade metamorphic rocks and basin instability in SW Iberia: constraints derived from structural geology and U-Pb and 40Ar-39Ar geochronology. Tectonophysics, 558-559, 28-44.

[34] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Johnston, S.T., Gutiérrez-Alonso, G., Silva, J.B., Linnemann, U., Hofmann, M., Drost, K. (2012). The missing Rheic Ocean magmatic arcs: Provenance analysis of Late Paleozoic sedimentary clastic rocks of SW Iberia. Gondwana Research, 22, Issues 3–4, 882-891

[33] Pereira, M.F., Solá, A.R., Chichorro, M., Lopes, L., Gerdes, A., Silva, J.B., (2012). North-Gondwana assembly, break up and paleogeography: U–Pb isotope evidence from detrital and igneous zircons of Ediacaran and Cambrian rocks of SW Iberia. Gondwana Research 22, Issues 3–4, 866-881.

[32] Pereira, M.F., Linnemann, U., Hofmann, M., Chichorro, M., Solá; A.R., Medina, J., Silva, J.B., (2012). The provenance of Late Ediacaran and Early Ordovician siliciclastic rocks in the Southwest Central Iberian Zone: Constraints from detrital zircon data on northern Gondwana margin evolution during the late Neoproterozoic. Precambrian Research (192– 195) 166– 189.


[31] Pereira M. F.; Chichorro M.; Sola A. R.; Silva, JB; Sanchez-Garcia, T; Bellido, F (2011). Tracing the Cadomian magmatism with detrital/inherited zircon ages by in-situ U-Pb SHRIMP geochronology (Ossa-Morena Zone, SW Iberian Massif). Source: LITHOS Volume: 123 Issue: 1-4 Special Issue: SI Pages: 204-217 DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2010.11.008


[30] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., Drost, K., Chichorro, M., Apraiz, A., 2010. Relative timing of transcurrent displacements in northern Gondwana: New U-Pb laser ablation MS-ICP-MS zircon and monazite geochronology of gneisses and sheared granites from the Western Iberian Massif (Portugal). Gondwana Research, v. 17, 2-4, 2010

[29] Pereira, M.F., Apraiz, A., Chichorro, M. , Silva, J.B., Armstrong, R.A., 2010. Exhumation of high-pressure rocks in northern Gondwana during the Early Carboniferours (Coimbra-Cordoba shear zone, SW Iberian Massif): tectonothermal analysis and U-Th-Pb SHRIMP in-situ zircon geochronology. Gondwana Research, v. 17, 2-4, 2010

[28] Sánchez-García, T., Bellido, F., Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Quesada, C., Pin, C., Silva, J.B., 2010. Rift-related volcanism predating the birth of the Rheic Ocean (Ossa-Morena Zone, SW Iberia), Gondwana Research, v. 17, 2-4


[27] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., Ribeiro, C., 2009. The role of bedding in the formation of fault-fold structures, Portalegre-Esperança transpressional shear zone, SW Iberia. Geological Journal 44: 1-15, DOI: 10.1002/gj.1200

[26] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., Chichorro, M., 2009. Comment on “Geodynamic evolution of the SW Europe Variscides” by António Ribeiro et al.. Tectonics 28, doi:10.1029/2008TC002430

[25] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Williams, I.S., Silva, J.B., Fernandez, C., Diaz-Azpiroz, M., Apraiz, A., Castro, A. 2009. Variscan intra-orogenic extensional tectonics in the Ossa-Morena Zone (Évora-Aracena-Lora del Río metamorphic belt, SW Iberian Massif): SHRIMP zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology. In: B. Murphy (Ed.), Ancient and modern analogues. Geological Society of London Special Publication,

[24] Moita, P., Santos. J.F., Pereira, M.F., 2009. Layered granitoids: interaction between continental crust recycling processes and mantle derived magmatism. Examples from the Évora Massif (Ossa-Morena Zone, southwest Iberia, Portugal). Lithos 111: 125-141


[23] Bozkurt, E., Pereira, M.F., Quesada, C., Strachan, R., 2008 (eds). Evolution of the Rheic Ocean. Tectonophysics 461: 1-8

[22] Pereira, M.F., Apraiz, A., Silva, J.B., Chichorro, M., 2008. Tectonothermal analysis of high-temperature mylonitization in the Coimbra-Cordoba shear zone (SW Iberian Massif, Ouguela tectonic unit, Portugal): Evidence of intra-continental transcurrent transport during the amalgamation of Pangea. Tectonophysics 461: 378-394

[21] Linnemann, U., Pereira, M.F., Jeffries, T., Drost, K., Gerdes, A., 2008. Cadomian Orogeny and the opening of the Rheic Ocean: New insights in the diacrony of geotectonic processes constrained by LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon dating (Ossa-Morena and Saxo-Thuringian Zones, Iberian and Bohemian Massifs)”, Tectonophysics 361: 21-43

[20] Chichorro, M., Pereira, M.F., Diaz-Azpiroz, M., Williams, I.S., Fernandez, C., Pin, C., Silva, J.B., 2008, Cambrian ensialic rift-related magmatism in the Ossa-Morena Zone (Évora-Aracena metamorphic belt, SW Iberian Massif): Sm-Nd isotopes and SHRIMP zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology, Tectonophysics 461: 91-113

[19] Solá, A.R., Pereira, M.F., Williams, I.S., Ribeiro, M.L., Neiva, A.M.R.., Montero, B., Bea, F., Zinger, T., 2008. New insights from U-Pb zircon dating of Early Ordovician magmatism on the northern Gondwana margin: The Urra Formation (SW Iberian Massif, Portugal). Tectonophysics 461: 114-129

[18] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Williams, I.S., Silva, J.B., 2008. Zircon U-Pb geochronology of paragneisses and biotite granites from the SW Iberian Massif (Portugal): evidence for a paleogeographic link between the Ossa-Morena Ediacaran basins and the West African craton, In: J.P. Liégeois, E. Nasser, eds., The boundaries of the West African Craton, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 297:385-408


[17] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., Chichorro, M., Moita, P., Santos, J.F., Apraiz, A., Ribeiro, C., 2007. Crustal growth and deformational processes in the northern Gondwana margin: Constraints from the Évora Massif (Ossa-Morena zone, southwest Iberia, Portugal). In: Linnemann, U., Nance, R.D., Kraft, P., and Zulauf, G., eds., The evolution of the Rheic Ocean: From Avalonian-Cadomian active margin to Alleghenian-Variscan collision, Geological Society of America Special Paper 423, 333-358, doi:10.1130/2007.2423(16).

[16] Pereira, M. F., Lucio, P. 2007. Understanding geological data distribution and orientation via Correspondence Analysis. Case study: Évora High-grade metamorphic terrains – Portugal. Mathematical Geology, DOI:10.1007/s11004-006-9058-4


[15] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Linnemann, U., Eguiluz, L., Silva, J.B., 2006. Inherited arc signature in Ediacaran and Early Cambrian basins of the Ossa-Morena Zone (Iberian Massif, Portugal): paleogeographic link with European and North African Cadomian correlatives. Precambrian Research, 144 p. 297-315.


[14] Moita, P., Pereira, M.F., Santos, J.F., 2005. Tonalites from the Hospitais Massif (Ossa-Morena Zone, SW Iberian Massif, Portugal). I: Geological setting and petrography, Geogaceta, 37: 51-54.

[13] Moita, P., Santos, J.F., Pereira, M.F., 2005. Tonalites from the Hospitais Massif (Ossa-Morena Zone, SW Iberian Massif, Portugal). II: Geochemistry and petrogenesis, Geogaceta, 37: 55-58.


[12] Silva, J.B., Pereira, M. F., 2004. Transcurrent continental tectonics model for the Ossa-Morena Zone Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic evolution (SW Iberian Massif, Portugal). International Journal of Earth Sciences, 93: 886-896.

[11] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2004. Development of local orthorhombic fabric within a simple-shear dominated sinistral transpression zone: the Arronches sheared gneisses (Iberian Massif, Portugal).In: Flow Processes in Faults and shear zones, SP-224, pp.215-227, Geological Society of London, Londres

[10] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., 2004. Tectonic setting and provenance of clastic sediments from the Ossa-Morena Zone Neoproterozoic and Early Cambrian basins (Iberian Massif, Portugal, Alentejo), Geotemas 6 (2): 161-164.

[9] Pereira, M.F., Chichorro, M., Santos, J.F., Moita, P., Silva, J.B., 2004, Geochemistry of lower Paleozoic anorogenic basic rocks from the Évora Massif (Western Ossa-Morena Zone, Portugal),Geogaceta 35:87-91.

[8] Chichorro, M., Pereira, M.F., Apraiz, A., Silva, J.B., 2004. High temperature – Low pressure tectonites from the Boa Fé Fault Zone (Évora Massif, Ossa-Morena Zone, Portugal): Evidences for transtensional tectonics, Geogaceta 34: 43-47.


[7] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., Chichorro, M., 2003. Internal Structure of the Évora Massif: The Évora High-grade Terrains and the Montemor-o-Novo Shear Zone (Ossa-Morena Zone, Portugal, Geogaceta 33: 71-74.


[6] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2002. Discussion on: “U-Pb Geochronology for the Barreiros tectonised granitoids and Arronches migmatitic gneisses: Tomar-Córdoba Shear Zone, East Central Portugal” by D.P.S. de Oliveira, M. Poujol and L.J. Robb., Boletin Sociedad Geologica de Espana, 15: 247-252.

[5] Pereira, M.F., Apraiz, A., 2002. Preliminary thermobarometric data from the Ouguela and Contenda-Barragem do Caia Units: Coimbra-Cordoba shear zone (Northeast Alentejo, Portugal, Geogaceta 32: 117-120.


[4] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2001. The geometry and kinematics of enclaves in sheared migmatites from the Evora Massif (Portugal), Geogaceta 31:193-196.

[3] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2001. A new model for the Hercynian Orogen of Gondwanan France and Iberia: discussion. Journal of Structural Geology 23:835-838.

[2] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2001. The Northeast Alentejo Neoproterozoic-Lower Cambrian Succession (Portugal): Implications for regional correlations in the Ossa-Morena Zone (Iberian Massif), Geogaceta 30: 106-109.

[1] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2000. Sinistral transcurrent transpression at the Ossa-Morena Zone/Central-Iberian Zone boundary: the Portalegre-Esperança shear zone (Portugal), Geogaceta 29:131-135.


[2] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2002, Neoproterozoic-Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the Coimbra-Cordoba shear zone and related areas of the Ossa-Morenand Central-Iberian zones (Northeast Alentejo, Portugal).Comunicacoes IGM 89, pp.47-62,Lisboa

[1] Pereira, M.F., Silva, J.B., 2001, The Portalegre-Esperança shear zone: sinistral transcurrent transpression along the Ossa-Morena/Central-Iberian zones boundary (Northeast Alentejo, Portugal). Comunicacoes IGM 88, pp.19-32, Lisboa