Joana S. Oliveira

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Main Research Fields



My main research deals with internal (crustal and core) planetary magnetic fields for Mercury and Moon. 

For Mercury, I use in-situ magnetometer data in order to construct core field maps at constant altitude over the northern hemisphere. I also study the constrains on the early dynamo by studying its crustal magnetic field. 

For the Moon, I study its crustal magnetic field that helps to constrain the early history of the Earth’s satellite. 

At ESA, I have the chance to collaborate with the scientific BepiColombo team.



Planetary Magnetic Field




Ongoing collaborations


  • Sebastien Besse (ESAC/ESA, Vila Nueva de la Canada, Spain)
  • Foteini Vervelidou (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Geomagnetism, Potsdam, Germany)
  • Lon L. Hood (Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tucson, Arizona University)
  • Valentina Galluzzi (INAF, Instituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Rome, Italy)
  • Mark wieczorek (Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Laboratoire Lagrange, Nice, France) 
  • Benoit Langlais (Laboratoire de Planetologie et Geodynamique de Nantes, Nantes, France) 
  • Alexandra Pais (CITEUC, Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Hagay Amit (Laboratoire de Planetologie et Geodynamique de Nantes, Nantes, France)


  • Hood, L. L., Oliveira, J. S., Galluzzi, V., & Rothery, D. A. (2018). Investigating sources of Mercury’s crustal magnetic field: Further mapping of MESSENGER magnetometer data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets123

  • E. Thébault, B. Langlais, J.S. Oliveira, H. Amit, L. Leclercq, A time-averaged regional model of the Hermean magnetic field, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Volume 276, 2018, Pages 93-105, ISSN 0031-9201,

  • Oliveira, J. S., Wieczorek, M. A., & Kletetschka, G. (2017),  Iron abundances in lunar impact basin melt sheets from orbital magnetic field data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 122,

    • Highlighted at Eos: .

    • Recognized as top 20 downloaded article by JGR Planets.

  • Oliveira, J. S., and M. A. Wieczorek (2017), Testing the axial dipole hypothesis for the Moon by modeling the direction of crustal magnetization, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 122, 383-399

  • Oliveira, J. S., B. Langlais, M. A. Pais, and H. Amit (2015), A modified Equivalent Source Dipole method to model partially distributed magnetic field measurements, with application to Mercury, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 120, 1075–1094,

Project/mission at ESA