PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, The University of Texas at Austin
MS, Ecology University of Brasília
BS, Zoology, University of Toronto
My research interests lie in evolutionary ecology and conservation biology, specializing in herpetology. My graduate research involved applying emerging eco-evolutionary principles to community ecology focusing on the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbance.This research gave me the opportunity to participate in the most amazing field expeditions across Brazil. During my master’s, several field expeditions to Cerrado (savanna) encalves within the Amazon forest provided a unique opportunity to test spatial and temporal dynamics of long-term natural isolation on lizard community structure and the role of stochastic extinctions.I was fortunate to continue conducting my research in the Brazilian Cerrado during my doctorate. My research tested for anthropogenic impacts of introduced Eucalyptus plantations on native Cerrado lizard communities in Central Brazil.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University researching the global relationship between climate, net primary productivity and lizard dietary niche breadth. The importance of understanding niche breadth across large geographical scales lies in the ability to elucidate mechanisms driving extant biodiversity patterns. The aim of this research is to better understand the importance of biotic variables in determining lizard species distribution patterns across broad spatial scales.
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