I am interested in the behavioral ecology of animals. The interaction of the animals with their environment, and how they approach and "solve" particular challenges imposed by both biotic and abiotic factors are crucial to understanding their abilities. Additionally, my research aims to unravel how their morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations have evolved.
I have done research with several animal groups; particularly with birds, wasps, spiders, and harvestmen. My dissertation research deals with understanding the biomechanical and behavioral implications of autotomy -the voluntary release of legs- in locomotion, foraging, ecology, courtship and fitness in a handful of daddy long-legs species, from tropical (Costa Rica and Panamá) and temperate regions (California).
B.S. Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2009
M.Sc. Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica, 2013
Research Interests / Specializations:
Behavioral Ecology, Phenotipic Plasticity, Tropical Biology, Animal Communication and Cognition, Spiders, Harvestmen
Honors and Awards
Best Student talk in Ecology and Evolution. 5th Latino American Arachnological Congress. Brazil, December 2017.