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; as well as 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 for daddy long-legs.
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
Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 2014-2019
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute - Short-Term Fellowship, 2015
Glaxo Centro America Fellowship. Granted by the Organization for Tropical Studies to conduct field work in Costa Rica in summer 2017.
Berkeley Connect Fellow. Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California – Berkeley. Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.