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I am an entomologist from Brazil, particularly fond of maggots, grubs, caterpillars, and any other type of insect larvae. This does not mean I can identify everything that comes my way – I'm not a taxonomist. But often I can do a fair job in identifying the Order, Family, and in few cases, species.


I am interested in understanding how ecological factors drive larval development and adult life-history trait expression, with consequences to population and ultimately, evolution. So if you ask me, I work in the field of 'developmental ecology'. 

My other interests include insect mating systems, life-history trade-offs, reproduction, immunity, behaviour, and conservation.


Career (Short)

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) – School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Lecturer – School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK (2019 –  current)

     Race Equality Champion – School of Biological Sciences

      Honorary Curatorial Fellow – Museums and Special Collections

      Riemann Fellow – Institute for Differential Geometry, Leibniz University Hannover (Germany)

      Visiting Staff – Institute of Mathematics, School of Natural and Computing Sciences, University of Aberdeen (2021 –  current)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Macquarie University, Australia (2017 – 2019)

Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Sydney, Australia (2016 – 2017)

DPhil in Zoology – University of Oxford, UK (2013 – 2016)​

SwB Undergraduate Research Fellowship  – Elettra Synchrotron Light Source, Italy (2012 – 2013)​

BSc in Biological Sciences – Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (2009 – 2013)

Editorial Activity

Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Brazilian Journal of Entomology

Associate Editor: Journal of Animal Ecology

Associate Editor: Neotropical Entomology

Topic Editor: Insects

                     Nutritional Ecology of Holometabolous Insects

Topic Editor: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

                    Applications of Machine Learning to Evolutionary Ecology Data

Associate Editor: Austral Ecology 


Riemann Fellowship (The first ever awarded to a Biologist) (2022)

Elected Member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (2022 - 2027)

Young Researcher in Entomology Award 2022 (Vista Foundation)

Royal Entomological Society Early Career Entomologist Award 2021

Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS)

Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB)

Chartered Statistician (CStat)

Finalist Fresh Science science communication competition 

External Professor – Ecology and Conservation Graduate Program 

Honorary Fellow – Macquarie University 

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