I am a biologist and paleontologist, with a Master’s degree in Zoology (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and a PhD in Paleontology (University of Tübingen, Germany). Currently, I am a Curator of Invertebrates at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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 record, 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 for conservation efforts. I also have experience with the curatorship of fossil and recent museum collections (of mollusks, naturally).

I firmly believe that one of researchers’ main goals 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]

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