I am an entomologist and an evolutionary biologist and my research interests are centered in the evolution, systematics and taxonomy of Insecta, with emphasis in Coleoptera, mostly ‘cantharoids’ of the families Lycidae , Lampyridae and Omethidae (including Telegeusinae). 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 PhD candidate at Montana State University. My dissertation is focused on the taxonomy and systematics of Leptolycini, a group of paedomorphic beetles, and the taxonomic revision of Thonalmus Bourgeois (Lycidae), both groups endemic to the West Indies. 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.