Raúl Fonseca studied geology at the University of Lisbon from 1997. He earned his doctorate in 2007 at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He then served as Academic Council for Experimental Petrology at the University of Bonn until 2017. He was a Heisenberg fellow at the University of Cologne until September 2019. In April 2019 he was appointed to the RUB.
Raúl Fonseca's research focuses on the investigation of high-temperature processes that promote stable isotope fractionation. He combines natural observations with detailed experimental work and state-of-the-art analytical methods.