My name is Vinicius S. Ferreira, and I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum of Denmark working on Alexey Solodvnikov’s lab. My current project seeks to identify evolutionary drivers and patterns behind the repeated evolution of highly convergent morphological features in beetle lineages affected by the paedomorphic syndrome and to understand how our lack of understanding of the homology hypotheses behind these characters affect our morphology-based phylogenetic reconstructions.
I am an entomologist and an evolutionary biologist and my research interests are focused in the evolution, systematics and taxonomy of Insecta, with emphasis in Coleoptera, mostly ‘cantharoids’ of the families Lycidae (net-winged beetles), Lampyridae (fireflies) and Omethidae, including Telegeusinae (false soldier-beetles and long lipped beetles). I am particularly interested in how paedomorphosis affects speciation, morphology and biology within these groups, and to investigate these phenomena I employ an integrative approach, utilizing morphology and molecular data.
Besides entomology, I am interested in history of entomology and zoology, problems and challenges of using biodiversity information and mass digitization of natural history museums collections and theory and practice of phylogenetics.
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My current research project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101018841 (postdoctoral fellowship of Vinicius S. Ferreira).