I am passionate about insects and almost nothing in the world makes me more happy than looking to a beetle and knowing its name. I was born and raised in Brazil, where I earned my degree in Biological Sciences by the Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul and a Master’s in Zoology by the Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo.
Since 2016 I am a PhD student at Montana State Univeristy where I develop my studies with Systematics, Biology and Taxonomy of Elateroidea. My dissertation is focused on the Systematics of Leptolycini (Lycidae, Lycinae), a group of neotenous lycids under the supervision of Dr. Michael A. Ivie.
Lycids of this group, the females lack the characters that define the adult form of a beetle: compound eyes, wings, elytra, 11 antennomeres, ovipositor and a multi-segmented tarsus. These extreme neotenic adult females are often termed “larviform” females, and in most cases, the status of a given individual as an adult or larvae is not really known.
In contrast, the males of these sexually dimorphic species have all the normal adult characters and are immediately identifiable as a beetle. My current research is focused in unraveling the high diversity in these sexually dimorphic case of extreme neotenous beetles using biology, morphology and DNA.
In addition to my PhD project with the Leptolycini I am currently working in the following projects:
1) Taxonomic Revision of Calochromini (Lycidae, Lycinae), with focus on the New World genera
3) Revision of the World Omethidae (Coleoptera, Elateroidea)
4) Taxonomic revision of the genus Thonalmus Bourgeois, 1882 (Lycidae, Thonalmini)
I am also interested in the taxonomy of other families of Elateroidea, such as Omethidae (including Telegeusinae) Cerophytidae, Cneoglossidae, Phengodidae and Lampyridae as well as other odd balls within the superfamily.