Biodiversity · Biogeography · Species distributions and range boundaries · Macroecology · Meta-analysis · Evolution of larval development
I am an ecologist interested in large-scale patterns of diversity and the processes that regulate the distribution of species. So far, most of my work has focused on how and by what mechanisms species’ attributes can explain those patterns/processes in marine invertebrates.
Given the wide diversity of reproductive strategies in the ocean, I’m particularly interested in the factors that shape the evolution of larval development and what are the consequences on the distribution of marine species.
My research combines data on species traits, species distributions, environmental variables and phylogenies to understand overall patterns of diversity, which also led me to do research in methods used by ecologists to synthetize quantitative data.
Currently, I work as a Data Scientist in the Marine Invasions Research Lab & Coastal Disease Ecology at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center studying how diversity surveys using metagenetics can help us to detect invasive species.