College of Arts and Sciences
I grew up surrounded by the amazing Atlantic Rainforest, in Brazil, which inspired me to become a biologist. I got my PhD in Ecology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2018. Then, I was an NSF-funded postdoc at the University of Georgia for a year before moving to the beautiful Western North Carolina to become an Assistant Professor of Invertebrate Zoology at WCU.
I teach courses related to Biodiversity, including Principles of Biology, Systematics, Invertebrates, Arthropods, and Evolution. I like to combine field and lab work with research-based exams, to offer a well-rounded formation to students. My classes always welcome the curious minds of engaged students.
I want to understand the insects, their diversity, ecology, and evolution across temporal and spatial scales. I am eager to find out how insect species rise and fall, where to find, and how to better protect them. I am mostly interested in fireflies and their kin, but I am genuinely curious about every other living thing.