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Graduated in Biological Sciences (Master of Science in Zoology), I crafted most of my early carreer in the field of Systematics and Biodiversity Conservation. As a student in the Comparative Biology PhD program in the Richard Gilder Graduate School, at the American Museum of Natural History, I continue to follow this path. My current research focus on understanding how the early diversification of Tropical fauna is related to the evolution of morphological, behavioral and molecular characters. Overall research interests involves a mixture of subjects related to the systematics of amphibians and reptiles, especially in the Tropics.
The integrative use of genetics, morphology and behavior characters to study species boundaries led me to the discovery of several new species of frogs and lizards which are in the course of being described. Most of my field based research was conducted in Amazonia and Atlantic Rainforest but I recently expanded this horizon to Southeast Asia (Vietnam).