My interests revolve around the diversity of protist, in special those with complex life cycles, such as parasites and epibionts. These extremely diverse organisms at the very base of the tree of life are important not only for how we understand evolutionary processes in aquatic environments, but are also of ecological and economic concern. My research focuses on bivalve molluscs and their parasites, and how their interactions can impact aquaculture and restoration effort.
2013 – 2020 PhD., Marine Science. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, USA. Title: The Epibiont-Host Interaction between Zoothamnium intermedium and Estuarine Copepods. Advisor: Ryan B. Carnegie.
2010 – 2012 M.S., Zoology. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Title: Temporal structure of the Peritrich Ciliate Assembly in a Subtropical Lake in Southern Brazil. Advisor: Laura R. P. Utz.
2005 – 2009 B.S., Zoology. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil Title: Cnesterodon Garman, 1895 (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae) diversity in the Araucaria Fields Plateau. Advisor: Luiz R. Malabarba.