I am an Alexander Agassiz Postdoctoral Fellow in the Pierce Lab at the Dept. Organismic & Evolutionary Biology/Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. I started my career in my home city (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), where I obtained my BSc and MSc in Biological Sciences-Zoology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with Dr. Alexander Kellner , and began conducting research on fossil reptiles at the National Museum of Brazil. I subsequently moved to Canada to pursue my PhD (concluded in 2018) with Dr. Michael Caldwell at the University of Alberta, where I expanded my expertise on the evolution of lizards and snakes.

I work on the evolution of squamates (lizards and snakes) and early evolving diapsid reptiles, utilizing an integrative approach by combining data from fossils and extant taxa, as well as morphological and molecular data to understand their taxonomy, biogeography, functional morphology, phylogenetics and macroevolution. I am also providing conceptual and methodological contributions to the field of phylogenetics and systematics.

Museum of Comparative Zoology,
Harvard University
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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