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El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico. Home of the Leptolycini (Lycidae) and Cheguevaria (Lampyridae), beetle lineages affected by the paedomorphosis syndrome.

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.

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.

Besides entomology, I am interested in history of entomology and zoology, problems and challenges of  using biodiversity information of natural history museums, and theory and practice of phylogenetics.

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