I am first a herpetologist and second an evolutionary biologist, interested in the patterns and processes shaping the radiation of reptiles and amphibians. I'm passioned in learning as much as possible and love to find out about different tools to answer biological questions.
I am interested in herps since the undergrad, when I studied natural history aspects such as reproduction and diet of several Neotropical snakes species. During my masters I continued working with snakes and developed a project to study ecomophological patterns in the Neotropical tribe Pseudoboini. During my PhD I investigated the macroevolutionary patterns and processes shaping the diverse lineage of vipers. Specifically, I focused on the phylogenetic relationships, time of divergence, and diversification dynamics of this interesting and cosmopolitan snake group. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at Tiago Quental's lab at the University of São Paulo. We are now trying to elucidate what determines the coexistence patterns among squamates at global and large-temporal scales.
In order to achieve the goals of my projects I have visited many national and international scientific collections and became deeply fascinated by them. Besides gathering data, scientific collections proved to be great places to meet people and to get an idea of how your study systems really are.
Besides research and herps, I love beer, family, dogs, horses, travelling...