Ecology & Evolution
Stony Brook University
I am interested in how competitive interactions create order in complex ecosystems.
My research investigates the key mechanisms behind species coexistence in high-diversity
communities such as tropical forests. I ask questions like How can we measure the
relative roles of deterministic and stochastic forces in creating biodiversity patterns,
and What can species traits reveal about the underlying ecological dynamics?
My approach is to use mathematical modeling and computer simulations to investigate
how elements of biological complexity impact community diversity and trait structure.
Focusing on competitive dynamics, I have examined how outcomes are affected by immigration,
regional diversity, genetic mutations, multidimensional niche space, intraspecific
variation, demographic structure, and environmental spatial structure.
theoretical community ecology
neutral theory of biodiversity
2005 B.S. (cum laude) Physics: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2008 M.S. Physics: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2010 M.A. Physics: Stony Brook University
2016 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan. Supervisor:
2016-2020 Postdoc at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Supervisor: James