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Manuel Francisco Pereira

/Manuel Francisco Pereira

Manuel Francisco Pereira

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




[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:, 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

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