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I am currently employed as associate professor in the department of genetics at the Federal University of Amazonas, located in the Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil. Previous to working in Manaus, I worked at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. My main interests lie in patterns and processes that generate and maintain Neotropical biodiversity. I predominantly use molecular tools, and my interests go from conservation genetics to phylogenetics. My studies focus mainly on aquatic vertebrates, but are not restricted to them.