I am a lichenologist interested in different aspects of the lichen symbioses. My program addresses questions primarily related to systematics, microbiome evolution, and genomics.
I am currently a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow in the Botany Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I previously held an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology working with Eric Schuettpelz (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA) and Martin Grube (Institute of Plant Sciences, Graz, Austria).
B.S. - Biology (Universidade de Santa Cruz do Sul, RS, Brazil).
M.S. - Botany (Universidade Federal do Paraná, PR, Brazil). Advisor: Sionara Eliasaro.
Ph.D. - Environmental Science and Public Policy (George Mason University, VA, USA). Advisors: James D. Lawrey & Robert Lücking.
Lichens are traditionally described as a symbiotic association between a fungus (mycobiont) and green algae and/or cyanobacteria (photobiont), but for some time now research has demonstrated that they also harbor many microorganisms (bacteria and fungi primarily), some of which are obligately lichen-associated.