I was born in Brazil, where I started pursuing a career in Biology. Lucky enough to be an aspiring biologist in a mega-diverse country, I was soon attracted by the astonishing tropical biodiversity. Arthropods, in particular, fascinated me: they are everywhere, the marvelous details of their bodies can be easily seen on a microscope, and the little dramas of their natural history are continually unfolding around us. Despite being the most diverse group of animals, they are severely understudied. In my research, I combine different methods (field work, morphological studies, and DNA sequencing) to understand and reveal the diversity of spiders.

My interests outside academia include gardening, hiking, photographs, comics, gaming, music (mainly from the 70's), swing dancing, and cats.



Doctorate in Biological Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Thesis: Systematics of the spider family Filistatidae (Araneae: Araneomorphae). [in Spanish]

Advisor: Dr. Martín J. Ramírez

Female jumping spider from Corrientes, Argentina.


Master’s degree in Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Thesis: Diversification of Sicarius spiders (Araneae: Sicariidae) in South America and its relationship with the biogeographic history of Neotropical dry forests. [in Portuguese]

Advisor: Dr. Adalberto J. Santos


Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, with emphasis on Environmental Sciences, from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Thesis: Cladistic analysis of Micrathena and Chaetacis (Araneae: Araneidae) [in Portuguese]

Advisor: Dr. Adalberto J. Santos

  • Synthesis+ ACCESS grant (IL-TAF-1327, DE-TAF-1356), European Commission, H2020 Research Infrastructure programme (2019)

  • CONICET postdoctoral scholarship (2019–2021)

  • International Congress of Arachnology Fischer Grant, International Society of Arachnology (2019)

  • Vincent Roth Fund for Systematics Research, American Arachnological Society (2018)

  • Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant, American Museum of Natural History (2017)

  • Ernst Mayr Travel Grant in Animal Systematics, Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard (2017)

  • SSE International Travel Stipend, Society for the Study of Evolution (2015)

  • CONICET doctoral scholarship (2014–2019)

  • CNPq Master's scholarship (2011–2013)

Scholarships and Grants



American Arachnological Society, 2021