M.S. (Zoology): PUC do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil), 2009
B.S. (Biology): Universidade Estadual de Londrina (Londrina, Brazil), 2006
My main research interest involves understanding the evolutionary processes that shaped mammalian diversity in the Neotropical region, with special focus on the Procyonidae. I am also interested in phylogeography, phylogeny, and species delimitation drawing on both morphological and molecular genetics approaches.
Currently, I am a PhD student in the Environmental Science and Public Policy program at George Mason University. The main objective of my PhD project is to undertake a taxonomic review of Procyonidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) using molecular and morphological approaches, or more specifically, to define the number of species/ evolutionary significant units of Procyonidae and delineate patterns of distribution and geographic variation; optimization and development of molecular markers for genetic studies with museum samples, using traditional and next-generation sequencing technologies; integration of the information from this study with geological and paleoclimatic data, and biogeographic patterns identified in other regional groups of plants and animals, in order to construct a more complete picture of the processes influencing mammalian evolution in the Neotropics.
Schipper, J., Helgen, K.M., Belant, J.L., Gonzalez-Maya, J., Eizirik, E.; Tsuchiya-Jerep, M.T.N. 2009. Small carnivores in the Americas: reflections, future research and conservation priorities. Small Carnivore Conservation, 41: 1-2.
Helgen, K.M., Kays, R., Helgen, L.E., Tsuchiya-Jerep, M.T.N., Pinto, C.M., Koepfli, K.-P., Eizirik, E.; Maldonado, J. E. 2009. Taxonomic boundaries and geographic distributions revealed by an integrative systematic overview of the mountain coatis, Nasuella (Carnivora: Procyonidae). Small Carnivore Conservation, 41(1): 65-74.
Schipper, J., Helgen, K.M., Belant, J.L., Gonzalez-Maya, J.-F., Eizirik, E.; Tsuchiya-Jerep, M.T.N. (eds.) 2009. Special Issue: The Americas. Small Carnivore Conservation, 41.
Molecular Ecology Resources Primer Development Consortium et al. 2009. Permanent Genetic Resources Note: Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 May 2009–31 July 2009. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9: 1460–1559.