João Carlos Nunes was born in 1962, graduated from the Faculty of Science, University of Porto, in 1985, as a geologist and obtained the PhD on Volcanology at the Azores University, in 2000.

Since 1986 he has been a Professor and researcher at the Azores University.

In 1998 he became a member of the “GESPEA- Study Group Speleological Heritage of the Azores”, a government work group, whose main activities are the study of the volcanic caves of the Azores and its geological conservation

In 1998 he became a researcher of the GeoBioTec Research Unit, Aveiro University, financed by the FCT – Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal.

In 2004 he became a scientific director for projects and IR&D activities in INOVA - Technological Innovation Institute.

In 2009 he became a member of the “ProGEO - European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage”, in “ProGEO - Portuguese Group”.

In 2011 he assumed the scientific coordination of the geological park activities and staff, in GEOAÇORES – Azores Geopark Association.

Since 2011 he has been a consultant for geology and geothermal exploration and exploitation activities, in “Electricidade dos Açores S.A.” (through TARH, Lda.)

In 2011 he became a member of the board in “ENTA – New Technologies Professional School”.

He is an author and co-author of several scientific papers, mostly published in international peer-reviewed journals. Among the most recent ones:

Carvalho, M.R., A. Mateus, J.C. NUNES e J.M. Carvalho, 2015. Origin and chemical nature of the thermal fluids at Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande (Fogo Volcano, S. Miguel Island, Azores). Environmental Earth Sciences.

Mateus, A., M.R. Carvalho, J.C. NUNES e J.M. Carvalho, 2015. Influence of wall-rock alteration and fluid mixing mechanisms in the chemistry of thermal fluids and mud-pool sediments at Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande (S. Miguel Island, Azores). Environmental Earth Sciences.

NUNES, J.C; Lima, E.; Machado, M. & Costa, M.P. (2015). “Exchanging Memories” – A networking initiative engaging the Global Geoparks”. In:Katja Saari, Jarkko Saarinen & Mari Saastomoinen – Abstract book 13th European Geoparks CONFERENCE.

Quintela, A., D. terroso, C. costa, H. Sá, J.C. Nunes e F. Rocha, 2015. Characterization and evaluation of hydrothermally influenced clayey sediments from Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande fumarolic field (Azores Archipelago, Portugal) used for aesthetic and pelotherapy purposes. Environmental Earth Sciences.