Carlos D'Apolito

Carlos D'Apolito

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Neogene-Quaternary landscape evolution, plant diversity and palynostratigraphy in Western Amazonia

Supervisors: Guy J. Harrington (lead supervisor) and Jon Sadler (co-supervisor)

Carlos D’Apolito is investigating the environmental history of the Amazon. He uses Palynology as a tool for dating rocks and measuring past plant diversity. Carlos is currently studying the Neogene and Quaternary formations of western Amazonia.


MSci Botany – INPA, National Institute for Amazon Research (Brazil) -2010

Bachelor degree in Biology - UFGD, University of Grande Dourados (Brazil) – 2008


Carlos completed his undergraduate studies in Biology in Brazil, after which he did a Masters in Neotropical Botany in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. He studied Quaternary Palynology for his Masters degree and then went to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama to Join Carlos Jaramillo’s research group, where he spent two years working on Cretaceous Palynology.


Research interests

Palynostratigraphy and palaeoecology of the Neotropics, with special interest in past plant communities in the Amazon basin.


Full PhD funding from the programme Science Without Borders (CAPES-Brazil), 2012-2015 (

Small research grant (ASSP-USA). 2013 (

Travel grant (AASP-USA) 2014.


D'Apolito, C., Absy, M.L., Latrubesse, E.M. 2013. The Hill of Six Lakes revisited: new data and re-evaluation of a key Pleistocene Amazon site. Quaternary Science Reviews, 76: 140-155. (

Absy, M. L., Cleef, A M., D'Apolito, C., Da Silva, M. F.F. 2014. Palynological differentiation of savanna types in Carajás, Brazil (southeastern Amazonia). Palynology, 38:78-89 (10.1080/01916122.2013.842189).

Neregato, R. ; D'Apolito, C. ; Glasspool, I.J. ; Wang, S.-.J. ; Liu, F. ; Windslow, P. ; Lu, J. ; Shao, L. ; Hilton, J. 2016 . Palynological constraints on the provenance and stratigraphic range of a Lopingian (Late Permian) inter-extinction floral lagerstätte from the Xuanwei Formation, Guizhou Province, China. International Journal of Coal Geology 162, 139-150.