Beatriz has a background in Petroleum Engineering and Exploration, with BSc and MSc degrees obtained in Brazil. She acquired some practical experience in the petroleum industry working as a field engineer for Schlumberger in the US, mainly offshore on Gulf of Mexico oil fields. In 2010, she obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences at the ETH Zurich, where she stayed for subsequent two years as a postdoctoral fellow and one additional year as a lecturer (Oberassistentin). Currently, she is a lecturer (Maître assistante) at the Applied and Environmental Geophysics Group of the University of Lausanne. Beatriz' main research line is rock physics with focus on seismic wave attenuation in fluid-saturated porous rocks, subject that she studies theoretically, computationally, and through laboratory experiments in collaboration with the Rock Deformation Laboratory of the ETH Zurich.
Numerical simulations of relaxation tests in poroelastic models of fractured rock to study the effects of fracture characteristics such as aperture and connectivity on frequency-dependent seismic attenuation caused by wave-induced fluid flow. Integration of numerical modeling and laboratory data to determine the effect of different fluid-related physical mechanisms on seismic attenuation in fractured rocks and validate theoretical approaches.