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I am a broadly trained ecologist, currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, in collaboration with Brian Enquist and Drew Kerkhoff (Kenyon College). Soon I will be joining the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) as a professor of Vegetation Ecology in the Department of Botany.
My research focuses on the evolutionary dimension of ecology, particularly in the areas of environmental niche evolution and its relevance for present-day ecological communities. However, I have a broader interest in ecology, having even worked on plant phenology and seed dispersal in the past. More specifically, my work is grounded in natural history, plant community surveys, biodiversity theory and novel phylogenetic methodologies. This approach provides a foundation to synthesize and address disparate evolutionary and biogeographic questions.
My work also often finds me synthesizing data from a variety of sources, including conducting extensive field sampling across South America, compiling data from both published and gray literatures, as well as in public repositories such as GenBank. My research includes a strong computational and modeling component, as these are critical for hypothesis development and evaluation, experimental design and data analyses.