I am a biologist and paleontologist, with a Master’s degree in Zoology (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and a PhD in Natural Sciences, Paleontology (University of Tübingen, Germany). I am currently a researcher in the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the University of Tromsø, Norway. Previously, I was a Curator of Invertebrates at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa from 2019 to 2022.

p1030414My main research interest is mollusks, and in particular, terrestrial gastropods. I am interested in describing the world’s land snails and in understanding their evolutionary relationships, fossil records, and biogeographic history. Thus, I work with both fossil and living animals, in the areas of taxonomy /systematics, paleoecology, and biogeography. My work with recent animals is often relevant to conservation efforts. I also have experience with the curatorship of museum collections (of mollusks, naturally).

I firmly believe that one of the main goals of any researcher is (or should be) to transmit science to the public, so I’m often involved in science communication and outreach. My other interests span ornithologyarchaeology (especially Egyptology), mythology, and general geek culture.

You can follow me on Twitter (@Kraken_Scholar) or follow my work on Research Gate.


  • 2016 – PhD in Natural Sciences, Paleontology (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen; Tübingen, Germany)
  • 2011 – Master of Science, Zoology (University of São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil)
  • 2010 – Licentiate in Biological Sciences (University of São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil)
  • 2009 – Bachelor in Biological Sciences (University of São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil)

Editorial work:

  • Check List: subject editor (Mollusca) [2015–present]
  • Journal of Geek Studies: co-founder, editor-in-chief [2017–present], managing editor [2014–2017]
  • Strombus: managing editor [2014–2018, 2021–present], editor-in-chief [2018–2021]
  • Tuhinga: editor-in-chief [2021–present]

Further info:

  • ORCID: 0000-0002-4238-2276
  • Google Scholar: [LINK]
  • ResearcherID: F-7524-2012
  • Scopus Author ID: 54897762300
  • ZooBank: [LINK]
  • iNaturalist: sacred_ibis
  • Discord: Sacred_Ibis#0133
  • Xbox: Sacred Ibis
  • Nintendo: SacredIbis